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HTC is working on a new kind of mobile VR headset

HTC is working on a new kind of mobile VR headset

Created to be used in conjunction with its brand new flagship smartphone HTC U Ultra, the VR headset will have mobile at its heart and be a challenger for those products at the cheaper end of the market.

HTC has seen some success with its HTC Vive headset, which reportedly outsold the competing Oculus Rift during the holiday season. HTC says they have a "good plan" to combine the mobile world with VR, but Chang made it clear that their version of this idea won't be a "phone slapped onto a headset". "It'd be a different thing". In recent years, the company has watched its smartphone market share fall, forcing it to focus its efforts elsewhere. Revenue from October to December was down 13.62% year-on-year to Tw$22.2 billion ($720 million).

Tuesday's numbers confirm that the company failed to post a quarterly profit in 2016, with HTC reporting operating losses of NT$4.8 billion, NT$4.2 billion, NT$2.0 billion, and NT$3.6 billion.




The executive then reminded the publication that HTC should definitely be considered a virtual reality company. The company is now responsible for one of the best VR kits on the market (HTC Vive), and with the entire VR realm growing at an alarming rate, the company stands to benefit handsomely for its efforts. But the VR market is still in its fledgling stages and low-priced alternatives like Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, and the like are stealing market share.

The HTC Vive, which beat allcomers to win the VR Headset of the Year at the TrustedReviews Awards, is a seriously impressive piece of kit, but one of the major bugbears, beyond the restrictive £759 price tag, is that it has to be hooked up to a PC to be used.

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