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.

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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. An HTC spokesperson confirmed this with Road to VR, citing a direct impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Funding from HTC for VR Education Platform 'Engage'.

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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. V2EC2020 running on an HTC Vive Pro (Image Credit: Peter H. Image Credit: HTC). Feature Image Credit: HTC.

HTC Vive Holiday Gift Guide: Accessories, Games, And More For HTC Headsets

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The HTC Vive is one of the most popular and enduring lines of PC VR headsets. Whether you’re talking about the original HTC Vive or the newer Vive Cosmos, there are a bunch of different games and accessories you can use with the Vive system. HTC Vive PC VR System Specs.

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

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However, as an official product partner with HTC, 7invensun says that Droolon F1 will also be compatible with the original Vive, Vive Pro, Vive Focus, and Vive Focus Plus. Image courtesy HTC.

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 will then ship it out to studios in Q2, though a price wasn’t mentioned.

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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.

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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 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 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.

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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. To do this, HTC is rolling out new additions to the Vive Pro Eye family. Image Credit: HTC.

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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. What do you think of these changes to the HTC headset lineup?

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HTC Introduces Wireless VR Streaming To Its Viveport Platform

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Image Credit: HTC. Until then, the new VIVEPORT Streaming capability being announced today will enable VR users to enjoy countless premium PC VR experiences on their standalone VR devices without the need for a wire,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China President, HTC, in an official release.

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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. with HTC Sense.

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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. The post HTC Aims To Host 2020 Vive Ecosystem Conference In VR, Citing Coronavirus appeared first on UploadVR.

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. That was roughly a year before it launched the HTC Vive VR headset with Valve.

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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.

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HTC to Offer VR Event Spaces to Companies Looking to Go Virtual

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Companies looking to get a little more out of meetings though, namely the ability to virtually chat face-to-face with colleagues, might be surprised to learn that HTC will soon be offering its own social VR platform soon.

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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.

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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.

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HTC Discontinuing Vive Pro and Vive Focus in Favor of Newer Iterations

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HTC is discontinuing its Vive Pro and Vive Focus headsets in favor of newer versions of the headsets. In a recent opinion piece I argued that HTC’s VR headset lineup, which had reached 11 different packages, had turned into a confusing array of options.

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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. 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 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.

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HTC’s VR Lineup Now Includes 11 Headset Packages and Its Modular Strategy is a Mess

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With the re-introduction of the company’s Cosmos VR headsets with four different variants, HTC’s Vive lineup has become a confusing mess with 11 different headset packages to choose from. Image courtesy HTC. With Cosmos, HTC says it’s all about modularity.

HTC Reveals Vive Proton, a Compact Standalone VR Headset Prototype

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As if announcing three new Cosmos headsets wasn’t enough, HTC today also revealed Vive Proton. HTC offered up its first glimpse of Vive Proton today, a new VR headset from the company which aims for a more compact form factor. Image courtesy HTC. Image courtesy HTC.

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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.

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HTC Vive Cosmos Pre-orders to Start September 12th

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HTC Vive Cosmos, the company’s upcoming PC VR headset, is officially going into pre-order starting September 12th. HTC announced the news via Twitter, saying that more information, including specs, price, and special offers will be made public at the time when pre-orders go live.

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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 the HTC Vive Cosmos was first released, some owners complained of poor tracking due to lighting issues. Image Credit: HTC.

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New HTC CEO Vows Continued Focus on Vive and XR

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HTC has announced the appointment of Yves Maitre as its new CEO. Cher Wang, who took over as company CEO in March 2015, is stepping down to continue as Chairwoman of the HTC board. Across the world, HTC is recognized for its firsts across the mobile and XR space.

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Viveport President Rikard Steiber Departs HTC

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Rikard Steiber, Viveport President and Senior VP of Virtual Reality, is departing HTC at the end of the year. Having joined the company in February 2016, Steiber oversaw the launch of Viveport in over 60 markets, HTC’s digital distribution platform for VR games and experiences.

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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.

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Developers Are Now Receiving HTC Vive Pro

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Ostensibly the first batch of Vive Pro, HTC’s upcoming prosumer VR headset, is now landing on the doorsteps of developers. The post Developers Are Now Receiving HTC Vive Pro appeared first on Road to VR. HTC HTC Vive HTC Vive Pro News Bits Vive htc vive vive vive pro

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The Best HTC Vive Deals for Black Friday 2019

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We’re keeping an eye on the best HTC Vive Black Friday 2019 deals, including the Vive Cosmos, Vive Pro, and original Vive. The Best HTC Vive Black Friday 2019 Deals. Image courtesy HTC. HTC is offering discounts on all Vive Pro packages. HTC Vive Price Baseline.

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HTC Announces ‘Vive XR Suite’ a Bundle of VR Apps for Remote Productivity

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HTC today announced the Vive XR Suite, a bundle of five enterprise-focused VR applications which are unified under a single login. HTC is trying to seize the moment (as much of the world remains on lockdown) to make VR-based remote education, meetings, and socializing the new norm.

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Hands-On: HTC Cosmos Elite Offers Big Improvements With Its Elite Faceplate

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HTC’s modular headset delivers a great VR experience. Just a few weeks ago, HTC announced a new suite of Cosmos headsets and faceplates aimed at delivering VR solutions to both average consumers as well as businesses. Feature Image Credit: HTC.

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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.

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HTC Files for ‘Vive Cosmos’ VR Headset Trademark

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With middling smartphone sales and a loss of a major portion of its smartphone IP and engineering team to Google last year, HTC appears to be full steam ahead with VR headsets as of late. SEE ALSO HTC Announces 6DOF Controller Tracking Dev Kit for Vive Focus.

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