VR “more important” than phones, says HTC, as Vive pre-order date lands

For much of the Pocketnow crew, CES 2016 was our first opportunity to try out the HTC Vive for ourselves, and for those of us who had seen it before, we still had the chance to check out the latest hardware improvements. And while some of us had a few reservations, it’s safe to say we were all soundly impressed. HTC itself seems to be only too aware of just how big the buzz is surrounding its foray into the VR world, and CEO Cher Wang isn’t mincing any words when she describes just how important the Vive is to the company’s future.

When first announced, we might have thought that the Vive was an interesting experiment – a side project, even. But to hear Wang talk about it now, that couldn’t be less the case. Indeed, while she isn’t ready just yet to full-on switch her company’s focus away from mobile devices and over to the VR space, it sounds clear that’s where her vision lies, as she says to The Telegraph, “Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important.”

That “more” bit suggests a big shift in the company’s vision, and even if it hasn’t fully happened just yet, it sounds like we might be hearing less and less about phones and more and more about the Vive and future VR endeavors as the company’s 2016 lineup unfolds.

That’s going to get started in just a few more weeks, as we finally learn a pre-order date for the Vive headset: February 29. There’s still no pricing info available just yet (only a lot of sky-high estimates), but those details are sure to emerge as we start getting into February.

Source: The Telegraph 1,2
Via: Android Central

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