HTC enters the world of virtual reality with the HTC Vive

Unlike the Samsungs, LGs, Apples, and Motorolas of this world, HTC has always been a company laser-focused on smartphones. Last year we started to see signs of that changing, not only as the company expanded back out into tablets with the Nexus 9, but also into other mobile devices like the RE camera. At MWC this year, that expansion has continued with the HTC Grip fitness tracker, and now that trend continues as we learn of the company’s first push into new virtual territory, announcing the HTC Vive Developer Edition through a partnership with Valve.

Despite the HTC involvement, Vive isn’t going to be a mobile-focused product – think of it more like an Oculus Rift. It will feature full 360-degree tracking, what HTC calls a “no nonsense” design, and will be built using HTC’s manufacturing know-how.

Developers will get access to the hardware this spring, with HTC’s intent being to have Vive ready for full commercial deployment by the holiday season later this year. Obviously, Valve will be involved in developing Vive content, and other partners will include HBO, Lionsgate, and gaming companies like Vertigo Games, Steel Wool Games, and Fireproof Games.

Source: HTC

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