An Unknown HTC Vive Headset Has Appeared in New FCC Filings

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New regulatory filings for an unknown HTC Vive headset have appeared at the US Federal Communications Commission. But HTC looks to be readying some new headset offering; Road to VR has spotted documentation for a headset not previously seen at the FCC.

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A Mystery HTC VR Headset Appears In FCC Filings

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A newly public FCC Test Report uncovered by Road to VR shows that HTC, the company behind Viveport and the Cosmos Elite VR headset, has recently submitted a new filing for what looks to be a new VR headset that would expand HTC’s lineup of immersive tech hardware.

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Grab ‘Half-Life: Alyx’ Free With HTC Vive’s Black Friday Sales

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Save big on the latest HTC VR hardware with these sweet holiday deals. If you’re looking to save a few bucks this holiday season, you may be interested in HTC’s lineup of Cosmos VR headsets, currently on sale via the official Vive website as part of Cyberweek.

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HTC Announces First-Ever Virtual Industry Conference In Response To Coronavirus

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Alvin Wang , President of HTC China, was one of the presenters during the summit; after which he walked away seeing the advantages of virtual conferences. In a recent Tweet, Wang announced that HTC will be hosting the world’s first fully virtual industry conference on March 19th through the platform Engage. V2EC2020 running on an HTC Vive Pro (Image Credit: Peter H. Image Credit: HTC). Feature Image Credit: HTC.

HTC Vive Pro Secure Offers Security-Focused VR For Government Agencies

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HTC this week announced yet another iteration of its HTC Vive Pro, the HTC Vive Pro Secure, a professional-grade VR headset designed for use in classified environments that require “ authority to operate.” HTC has also removed eye-tracking capabilities.

HTC Blames COVID-19 Pandemic For Layoffs

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HTC, the company behind the HTC Vive brand, today confirmed staff layoffs, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as one reason. An official statement from HTC reads as follows: “Like many companies, we are seeing impacts from COVID-19 and global economic conditions. HTC has continued its work to reduce expenditure by optimizing processes, practicing cost control and seeking prudent uses of new technology. However, HTC remains under tremendous pressure.

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The Best HTC Vive Deals for Black Friday 2020

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We’re keeping an eye out for best HTC Vive Black Friday 2020 deals, including Vive Cosmos, Vive Cosmos Elite, and more. The Best HTC Vive Cosmos Black Friday 2020 Deals. Image courtesy HTC. HTC Vive Price Baseline. HTC Vive Black Friday Game Deals.

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HTC Reveals Passthrough AR Faceplate For Vive Cosmos

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A new faceplate for HTC’s modular Vive Cosmos headset will introduce AR capabilities to the device — at least for developers. HTC Vive Americas GM Dan O’Brien told us the kit supports hand-tracking input as well as a single Vive Cosmos controller in experiences built by Vive’s own internal team. HTC will then ship it out to studios in Q2, though a price wasn’t mentioned.

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HTC Discontinues Vive Pro and Focus Models, Reduce Price on Pro Eye Kit

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HTC confirmed that the HTC Vive Pro and HTC Vive Focus headsets are now discontinued and will be replaced by their newer equivalents, the Vive Pro Eye and Vive Focus Plus, moving forward. UploadVR reached out to HTC to confirm that Vive Pro and Vive Focus are now discontinued, after they were appearing in varying levels of availability on both the HTC consumer and enterprise sites. What do you think of these changes to the HTC headset lineup?

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7invensun Announces $150 Eye-tracking Module Supporting All HTC Headsets

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Today at HTC’s Vive Developer Meeting in Beijing and its simultaneous Shanghai-based Vive Ecosystem Conference, Chinese eye-tracking startup 7invensun debuted a new eye-tracking module that’s not only affordable at $150 (¥1100 RMB), but is designed to support all of HTC’s VR headsets, past and present. Image courtesy HTC. The post 7invensun Announces $150 Eye-tracking Module Supporting All HTC Headsets appeared first on Road to VR.

HTC Vive Cosmos Supports Optical Finger Tracking

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The HTC Vive Cosmos will support the same finger tracking SDK as Vive and Vive Pro, as shown in a video posted to Twitter by HTC Vive’s China President. HTC released finger tracking for Vive and Vive Pro back in March. Developers can integrate it into their app and it will work on any HTC VR headset. Since the tracking is using the regular cameras on the headsets and not a depth sensor, HTC recommends against having “complicated backgrounds”.

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HTC GM Predicts ‘Rise Of All-In-Two’ VR Devices In 2021

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But Vive maker HTC also predicts the rise of another category of device this year – the all-in-two. ” 2020 was a mostly quiet year for HTC but, last February, the company did tease a concept 6DOF headset that would indeed be powered by a phone. More HTC Predictions.

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HTC Now Says Vive Cosmos Controller Batteries Should Last 4 To 8 Hours

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HTC addressed some common user and reviewer concerns relating to the newly-launched Vive Cosmos in a new blog post. HTC claims in its blog post that batteries in the controllers should last somewhat longer than that. HTC addressed some of these tracking concerns in their blog post, stating that “ plain walls with a lack of defining features could affect tracking.” You can read more details on all of the above, and more, in HTC’s blog post.

HTC CEO Yves Maitre: ‘I’m Not Sure That The Target Is To Beat Oculus’

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In an interview with Bloomburg Technology , newly-appointed HTC Ceo Yves Maitre spoke about the competition in the VR market between Oculus and HTC. He also spoke about the VR market at large and how it has affected HTC’s performance and stock price. Maitre began by noting that, at the time of recording, the embargo on HTC’s newest VR headset, the Vive Cosmos, had broken a few hours prior. ” Do you think HTC will find success with Vive Cosmos?

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HTC CEO Cher Wang Steps Down As Vive Cosmos Approaches

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Cher Wang, CEO of HTC Corporation, is stepping down as head of the company. Wang, who remains Chairwoman of the HTC board, will be replaced by Yves Maitre from French telecom company, Orange. “When I took over as CEO four years ago, I set out to reinvent HTC as a complete ecosystem company and lay the foundations for the company to flourish across 5G and XR [extended reality],” Wang said in a prepared statement.

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HTC Teases Cloud-Based VR With New 5G Hub

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With the 2019 Mobile World Congress currently underway in Barcelona, Spain, HTC has been busying themselves with a slew of exciting announcements and demonstrations ranging from a smartphone aimed at cryptocurrency fanatics, to their HTC Vive Focus Plus VR headset. Yesterday, the company used MWC’s stage to reveal yet another new product, the HTC 5G Hub – a combination smart hub/mobile hotspot that brings 5G streaming to up to 20 connected devices. with HTC Sense.

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HTC Introduces Wireless VR Streaming To Its Viveport Platform

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The 2019 ChinaJoy Digital Entertainment Expo and Conference kicked-off with a bang this morning with HTC’s announcement of VIVEPORT Streaming, a new feature heading to the VR game platform that will allow Vive headsets users to wirelessly stream high-quality VR games directly from a VR-ready gaming PC over Wi-Fi. Image Credit: HTC. Image Credit: HTC. Image Credit: HTC. Featured Image Credit: HTC.

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HTC Drops Price Of Vive Pro Eye, Announces New Vive Pro Eye Bundles

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New HTC Pro Eye solutions make VR more accessible to businesses of all sizes. HTC has had a busy first quarter. Up next for HTC is a full suite of enterprise Vive Pro Eye solutions that will give businesses of all sizes the tools to explore or expand in areas such as training and simulation, consumer feedback and analytics, gaze-oriented navigation, and many other enterprise solutions. . To do this, HTC is rolling out new additions to the Vive Pro Eye family.

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HTC Announces $549 Headset-Only Cosmos Elite (With Free Alyx)

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Two weeks ago, HTC launched its Vive Cosmos Elite headset at $899. Starting in April, however, HTC will be shipping just the headset and the faceplate for $549. HTC had suggested a $499 price point for the kit, though that’s not set in stone right now. The post HTC Announces $549 Headset-Only Cosmos Elite (With Free Alyx) appeared first on UploadVR. This week, its revealing some cheaper alternatives.

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HTC Announces Layoffs Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

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HTC has confirmed that it’s laying off staff in order to streamline its business amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The news was first reported by Taiwan’s English language China News Agency , stating that HTC was set to “strategically adjust” its staff and continue optimizing its organizational structure to reduce operational costs. An HTC spokesperson confirmed this with Road to VR, citing a direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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HTC Vive Focus with Next-Gen XR2 Chipset Appears on Geekbench

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A newly posted Geekbench score may point to what HTC has up their sleeves next for Vive Focus, the company’s class of standalone VR headsets. HTC Vive Focus(XR2). SEE ALSO Qualcomm & HTC Partner to Offer Vive WAVE Platform to All Snapdragon-based Headsets.

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HTC Launches Flagship Vive Store In China

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Located at the Consumer Electronics Exchange/Exhibition Center in the modern metropolis of Shenzhen, the store appears to be a one-stop-shop for everything HTC Vive. Alvin Wang, President of HTC Vive China, recently shared several photos of the flagship location via his Twitter account. Customers can purchase the latest Vive products, such as the Vive Focus and Vive Pro, as well as various other HTC devices, such as its brand new U-series smartphones.

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HTC Vive Cosmos Receives $100 Discount For A Limited Time

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HTC is starting off the new year with a discount on their Vive Cosmos VR headset, bringing the price down $100 from $700 to $600 for a limited time only. — HTC VIVE (@htcvive) January 1, 2020. It is only available in the United States and Canada, and is available on the HTC site along with select retailers. ” The HTC Vive Cosmos is available to purchase for $599 until January 10 from HTC and select retailers. .

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Hand & Finger Tracking Coming Soon To The HTC Vive Pro

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HTC reveals native hand/finger tracking for Vive Pro alongside 6DoF functionality for Vive Focus. It looks as though the front-facing cameras on your Vive Pro will finally begin seeing some use as HTC reveals plans to launch native support for hand and finger tracking on their high-end PC VR headset. HTC revealed the devices exciting tracking capabilities during their time at last weeks 2018 World Conference on VR Industry in Nanchang, China. Image Credit: HTC / GIPHY.

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HTC Aims To Host 2020 Vive Ecosystem Conference In VR, Citing Coronavirus

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The return of HTC’s annual Vive Ecosystem Conference later this month aims to be held, for the first time, in VR, spurred in part by the ongoing Coronavirus crisis. Speaking to Upload, Graylin said that HTC had been considering a virtual conference already, but the outbreak of the coronavirus — which lead to the cancellation of events like MWC and GDC with more likely to follow — spurred the company on.

GDC 2019: HTC Announces Lip-Tracking Dev Kit For Vive Pro

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This week HTC Vive America’s Vice President of Product and Operations–Vinay Narayan–revealed plans for a developer kit that adds lip-tracking capabilities to the HTC Vive Pro & Vive Pro Eye. Image Credit: HTC. As of right now, HTC has no intention of releasing a commercial version of the module, focusing instead on enterprise purposes, such as training, market research, and simulations.

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HTC Vive Headsets Lineup Explained: Should You Wait For Cosmos?

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HTC’s line-up of VR headsets is steadily growing. HTC Vive. At $499 it’s the most affordable headset in HTC’s lineup. Originally released in 2016 for $799, the OG Vive remains today as HTC’s entry level PC VR option. HTC Vive Pro. HTC Vive Pro Eye. At CES 2019 HTC announced Vive Pro Eye – a 2019 refresh of the Vive Pro adding eye tracking. HTC Vive Focus. HTC Vive Cosmos.

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HTC CEO Yves Maitre Resigns After Less Than A Year

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HTC CEO Yves Maitre has resigned, citing personal reasons, in just less than a year since he took over the role. Maitre assumed the position of CEO in late September 2019, around a month before HTC launched its latest consumer-focused PC VR headset, the Vive Cosmos.

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HTC Plans Cheaper Vive Cosmos Model, $900 SteamVR Tracking Model

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HTC is introducing two new models of the Cosmos to sell alongside the original $699 model. HTC’s Dan O’Brien told us the company will sell the headphones as accessories should you want to upgrade, but you can use your own headphones/earphones too. In a meeting earlier this week, HTC told us that the bundle would be priced at $499. The post HTC Plans Cheaper Vive Cosmos Model, $900 SteamVR Tracking Model appeared first on UploadVR.

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HTC Skipping CES, To Share ‘New Vision For Vive’ Soon

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HTC is planning to share a ‘new vision’ for its Vive VR business in 2020 after pulling out of CES appointments. Early last month we confirmed that HTC won’t be hosting its traditional Vive Press Conference at CES 2020, which gets underway in Las Vegas this week. HTC today contacted UploadVR to postpone our CES meeting. Shortly before Cosmos’ launch HTC CEO Cher Wang stepped down , replaced by Yves Maitre from French telecom company, Orange.

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HTC Vive Pro Is Getting Finger Tracking

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Back in April, HTC launched the Vive Pro , a higher-end HTC Vive PC VR headset which added a 2nd outward-facing camera alongside a boost in display resolution. This camera setup has, until now, not seen any widespread use beyond AR experiments and niche enterprise applications, but now HTC have announced that they will be leveraging it to add native finger tracking to the Vive Pro. The feature should also work fully in wireless mode with the HTC Vive Wireless Adapter.

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HTC Vive Cosmos Pre-Orders Begin Sept. 12

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HTC revealed its Vive Cosmos VR headset will be available for pre-order beginning Sept. HTC is giving selected media previews of the hardware this week. Cosmos is a major departure from HTC’s original 2016 room-scale system co-developed in partnership with Valve. The new system features HTC’s own brand of inside-out tracking technology. Earlier this year HTC’s original partner, Valve, released the Index VR headset built toward the high end.

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HTC Vive Launches Viveport Subscriptions

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And to celebrate HTC Vive’s first birthday, HTC has launched their first, and likely industry first, VR app subscription service. For today’s April 5th launch, HTC Vive is incentivizing signups with a one month free trial offer for new users, which you can sign up here. Continuing the birthday celebration, HTC Vive is also giving away a free copy Vive Studios’ VR action game Arcade Saga and is offering new customers $100 off Vive headsets.

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HTC Unveils New Vive Cosmos Headsets And Faceplate Upgrades

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A handful of new headsets and swappable faceplates breathes new life into HTC’s lineup of modular VR hardware. When HTC released its Vive Cosmos back in October last year, it came with some much-needed improvements to the original HTC Vive design; a flip-up visor, all-new RGB LCD panels, a wide tracking FOV, and a revolutionary design that allows you to augment the device with new abilities via interchangeable faceplates. Image Credit: HTC.

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HTC Reveals Vive Focus Plus, Coming Q2 2019

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Continuing their push towards enterprise VR technology, HTC has unveiled a new version of their HTC Vive Focus headset designed specifically for use by businesses and corporations. Image Credit: HTC. “At Vive, the announcement of Vive Focus Plus furthers our commitment to rapidly iterate and refine the VR market for both businesses and consumers,” said Daniel O’Brien, General Manager Americas, HTC Vive. Image Credit: HTC. Image Credit: HTC.

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Community Download: Should HTC Completely Give Up On Consumer VR?

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For today’s Community Download , we want to know if you think HTC should just accept the writing on the wall and completely give up on consumer VR? So, we’ve reached a big fulcrum point here for HTC. is: Should HTC finally and completely give up on consumer VR?

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HTC Files Trademark For ‘Vive Cosmos’ VR Equipment

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HTC may finally be rolling out its Vive Focus standalone headset to businesses this month, but a new trademark filing has us wondering what else the company is working on. These terms do have us wondering if the trademark might be referring to a new VR headset from HTC such as a successor to the Vive Pro or perhaps a new name for the Vive Focus once it gets those promising six degrees of freedom (6DOF) controllers we saw earlier this month.

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