HTC suddenly announced a VR headset to confront Meta Quest Pro

Meta and Sony may have dominated the conversation about consumer VR headsets for the past year or so, but longtime rival HTC isn’t ready to give up just yet.

After a teasers come back in October, HTC is said to be planning to announce a new standalone headset at CES 2023 – on January 5 – a device that promises to be light but “powerful”, capable of creating real-world experiences. virtual and augmented reality. Not too many details have been announced, but the descriptions so far suggest it’s a solid contender for both high-end Mission Meta Pro and more consumer-friendly devices like Pico 4 and Oculus 2 Quest.

Talk to precipice (opens in a new tab), HTC Global Product Manager Shen Ye said the company will unveil a device that is not only a tool for gaming, entertainment and exercise, but also for business and productivity use. This fully standalone VR headset won’t need a smartphone or PC to get it running, and it will support controllers and hand tracking for a six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) experience – also known as the The full VR experience is even more immersive than typical 3DoF VR activities like VR movies.

A teaser image of some VR devices that HTC shared on Twitter

HTC shared this teaser image (opens in a new tab) of the device back in October (Image credit: HTC)

Color transfer seems to be the main focus of this product – which is not surprising given that Meta and others also make it their top priority. Color transmission means you can see the real world in full color while wearing the headset thanks to the outward facing cameras.


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