HTC Might Be Working On Slimmer New Gen 2 Vive
The Taiwanese tech brand HTC is working on updating its famous VR headset, the HTC Vive, to a 2nd generation version. The new HTC Vive would launch either at the end of this year or earlier months in 2017, as reported Chinese news site Sina on Friday.
HTC Gen Vive Virtual Reality Headset Coming Soon
Citing some of HTC’s suppliers, the website says HTC is working on the development of the HTC Vive 2.0; which they expect to be a slimmer version of the HTC Vive and have significantly better specifications.
It would be naïve to think that HTC isn’t working already on the Vive’s successor, but a generation ahead of the Oculus Rift before we even have the Touch Controllers in our hands? It might happen.
Reports suggest that HTC and Valve could be able to dominate the Virtual Reality Market due to Oculus Rift’s lack of room scale and consumer backlash over the several DRM issues. But Oculus Rift won’t sit and wait, it wouldn’t be the first time people assumed it would fail and it haven’t.
Improved software and hardware for the HTC Vive?
But what can we expect with the new and mysterious HTC Vive 2.0? It could definitely use better materials than the ones in the original Vive, like premium quality plastics and fancier straps. There could be a better package very similar to the Oculus Rift, one that could allow you to carry it to your friends’ house.
The HTC Vive VR headset is powered with state-of-the-art technology provided by Valve, the big gaming company. But even though we don’t know exactly when Valve started to work on this project, the HTC Vive got released barely 12 months after being revealed. So it’s very likely that some compromises were made in order to meet some time tables.
There’s still plenty of work to be done
Despite the VR headset room-scale capabilities and its impressive hardware, its design feels unfinished and tough compared to the Oculus Rift. Lacking integrated headphones and having a heavy design in the front, and a lot of cables trailing in the back gives the feeling of a system that was still unfinished but pushed into the market to cash some earnings.
If a new 2nd generation of the HTC Vive is being on the works, we really hope it includes modular headphones, lighter and thinner cables, better weight distribution and size improvement.