Acer eyes commercial VR debut by June, expect first showcases at MWC
Everyone from Google to Microsoft to Samsung, Sony, HTC, LG and even Facebook is involved to a certain extent in the development and growth of fledgling virtual reality technologies, while companies like Apple and Alcatel OneTouch are carefully preparing their own field-improving efforts.
You can now also add Acer to the list of major tech outfits looking to augment and enrich your reality, as CEO Jason Chen recently told Taiwanese press R&D of VR products has been ongoing “for a while”, with the current plan being “to introduce some new technologies to surprise everyone” in the first half of this year.
Unfortunately, that’s where the transparency ends, though we’re hearing a couple of prototypes will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, so we should find out very soon whether Acer wants to compete against Oculus, Samsung or perhaps Microsoft.
Seeing as how we’re not exactly talking a smartphone specialist here, our guess is whatever Acer has in the pipeline will work alongside a Windows PC, like the Rift or Vive, as opposed to an Android handheld, like the Gear VR.
In fact, Acer’s powers that be took the time to underline they remain fully committed to the notebook business, even in Brazil and Russia, where demand has taken a dive on oil price drops, with smartphones and related software a key marketing focus only in countries like Malaysia and the Philippines. Oh, well, maybe the Windows 10 and Android Marshmallow-based Liquid Jade Primo can turn things around soon.