HTC Plans to Bring Hand & Finger Tracking to Vive Pro

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Today at the the World Conference on VR Industry in China, HTC announced plans to bring hand & finger tracking to Vive Pro via the headset’s front-facing cameras. HTC also indicates that the capability can track individual finger movements too. Image courtesy HTC.

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HTC Quietly Opens Flagship Vive Store in China

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Earlier this month, HTC quietly opened their first Vive flagship store in Shenzhen, China. Image courtesy HTC Vive. Image courtesy HTC Vive. The post HTC Quietly Opens Flagship Vive Store in China appeared first on Road to VR.

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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 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 Vive Focus launched worldwide: an enterprise standalone headset, starting from $599

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You will be able to finally buy it in Europe and North America for $599, from the dedicated page on the HTC website. HTC Vive Focus Specs. The Vive Focus is HTC’s standalone headset , the one that the Taiwanese/Chinese company wants to use to start making virtual reality widespread.

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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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Report: HTC Lays Off 1,500 Employees in Taiwan Manufacturing Division

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HTC is reportedly laying off 1,500 employees in its Taiwan manufacturing division, something Bloomberg’s Taipei bureau chief Samson Ellis reports to be around 22% of HTC employees. billion deal, which saw half of HTC’s smartphone R&D division transferred to Google.

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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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HTC Announces 6DOF Controller Tracking Add-on for Vive Focus

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HTC today announced a 6DOF controller tracking add-on for Vive Focus which brings 6DOF controller tracking to the device. Vive Focus, HTC’s standalone VR headset, had a full blown launch in China at the beginning of 2018, and was released as a development kit in the West in May.

Amazon to Begin Selling VR Apps Through New HTC Partnership

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Amazon will soon begin selling VR apps on its massive digital marketplace through a new partnership with HTC. While Steam generally functions as the Vive’s defacto app store, HTC runs its own VR app store called Viveport. HTC Steam Amazon amazon vr htc htc viveport

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HTC Donates Over 100 Vive Headsets to California & Nevada Libraries

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HTC is donating over 110 HTC Vive systems to California and Nevada libraries through its new Vive Libraries Program, an effort to seed local communities with premium VR. ” In California alone, HTC has donated 100 Vive headsets to public libraries.

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HTC is Giving Away ‘Fallout 4 VR’ for Free to New Viveport Subscribers

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Regularly priced at $60, HTC is throwing new Viveport Subscription signups a free Fallout 4 VR Steam code when you get any prepaid plan. Here’s the breakdown of subscription prices: Image courtesy HTC. News Bits htc vive htc viveport Viveport viveport subscription

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HTC Joins VirtualLink to Support Connection Standard for Future VR Headsets

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HTC was seemingly the odd one out back at the initial announcement, but this week the company joined the group in support of the standard. This week at the XRDC conference in San Francisco, HTC announced that it had opted to join the group in support of the VirtualLink connection standard.

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HTC Announces ‘Vive Focus’ Standalone VR Headset

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Today during the Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, HTC revealed the Vive Focus, a standalone VR headset with inside-out positional tracking. Vive China President Alvin Wang Graylin reveals the Vive Focus on stage at VDC 2017 | Image courtesy HTC. Image courtesy HTC.

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HTC ‘Investigating’ Vive Wireless Adapter Heating Report

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Over the weekend I saw on Twitter that Michael Jones, Founder of BrainFizz VR, a development studio working on a VR dating and matchmaking app called Electropop , posted that he received a burn on his scalp from using a new Vive Wireless Adapter for a standard HTC Vive. We reached out to HTC to ask if the standard Vive Wireless Adapter is supposed to come with a pad or safety divider of some kind and what the normally expected operating temperature of the device is expected to be.

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HTC Vive, McLaren Tease F1 VR Racing Experience

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It looks like HTC and McLaren’s VR F1 collaboration will be arriving in the west pretty soon. At the ChinaJoy event earlier this year HTC debuted a partnership with the motor company, putting visitors in the virtual driver seat of a McLaren F1 car. Tagged with: htc vive , McLaren Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post HTC Vive, McLaren Tease F1 VR Racing Experience appeared first on UploadVR. Experiences Gaming htc vive McLaren

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HTC Reveals 6DOF Controllers For Its Vive Focus Standalone Headset

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HTC’s Vive Focus standalone VR headset just become a much more interesting competitor to the Oculus Quest. Here’s @AGraylin demoing the new 6DoF dual controller dev kit for the HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset! ” Developers can apply for a kit here and we’ve reached out to HTC to find out more information about when these controllers might launch to consumers. HTC Vive HTC Vive Focus VR Industry News

Here’s What Could Be in HTC’s ‘Vive 1.5’

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HTC made a not so subtle tease today that a new version of the HTC Vive is on the way with improved resolution. On one hand, it would make sense, especially if it allows HTC to further reduce the cost of the headset—SteamVR Tracking 2.0 htc vive 2 htc vive 2.0

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The Top 5 Games For HTC Vive

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It was a hard decision, but you’ve decided to go with the HTC Vive as your first ‘serious’ VR headset, a room-scale device that released early 2016 as a result of a decisive collaboration with Valve. The post The Top 5 Games For HTC Vive appeared first on Road to VR.

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HTC Halts Stock Trading as Rumors of Sale Swirl

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According to the Taiwan Stock Exchange, HTC will halt trading of its stock as of September 21st, pending an unknown announcement from the company, reports Bloomberg. Following several years of financial difficulty, the future of HTC seems less clear than it’s ever been.

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HTC Announces Strategic Partnerships With MLB & McLaren Formula One Team

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At the Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC) in Shenzhen today, HTC announced new VR initiatives in partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and McLaren Racing, the Formula One racing team. McLaren and HTC will co-launch a special edition McLaren-branded Vive headset.

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HTC Publishes Vive Wireless Adapter Setup Instructions, Suggesting Nearby Launch

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Image courtesy HTC. One interesting side note: to power the wireless experience, the website claims you should only ever use the HTC QC 3.0 The post HTC Publishes Vive Wireless Adapter Setup Instructions, Suggesting Nearby Launch appeared first on Road to VR.

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HTC Vive Gets Major Price Cut, Now $600

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Hot on the heels of the $400 Summer Rift sale , HTC is doing some of its own price slashing, bringing the complete Vive system down by $200 to a new permanently lowered price of $600. HTC Vive Now $600. Two Ways to Play Non-VR Games With the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

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Vive Pro Gets AR Capabilities Thanks to HTC’s New Tools for Front-facing Cameras

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HTC has announced a new set of tools allowing developers to build applications which take advantage of the Vive Pro’s stereo front-facing cameras, effectively turning the device into an AR headset dev kit.

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The Best HTC Vive Deal for Black Friday 2017

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We’re tracking the best HTC Vive deals for Black Friday 2017 and Cyber Monday as they spring up. HTC Vive Deal Baseline. The Best HTC Vive Black Friday 2017 Deal. Other HTC Vive Deals to Consider.

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HTC Opens Applications For Vive Focus 6DOF Controller Dev Kits

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HTC has an early Christmas present for VR developers. Tagged with: Vive Focus Facebook Twitter Reddit More The post HTC Opens Applications For Vive Focus 6DOF Controller Dev Kits appeared first on UploadVR. HTC Vive Focus VR Industry News Vive FocusThe company this week opened applications for developer kits for its newly-announced six degree of freedom (6DOF) controllers for the Vive Focus standalone headset.

HTC & Shenzhen Government Team Up for $160 Million Investment Fund

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Between HTC’s Vive X accelerator and the VRVCA investor consortium that it heads, the company is already very active in the VR investment space. SEE ALSO After Management Shuffle, HTC Says VR/AR More Important Than Ever to Its Future.

HTC Vive Pro to Arrive With Redesigned Link Box Featuring DisplayPort and Power Button

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HTC Vive Pro, the company’s higher resolution VR headset targeted at prosumers , isn’t on sale yet, although developers have been receiving Vive Pro as early as mid-February. original Vive Link Box, image courtesy HTC.

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HTC Vive announces 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and teases hand tracking for Vive Pro

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Today it’s a great day for virtual reality: at WCVRI conference, HTC has just announced a kit to provide 6 DOF controllers for Vive Focus and has showcased a hands-tracking technology for the Vive Pro ! The Venture Reality Fund and of course HTC. Image by HTC).

HTC Says Watching ‘Ready Player One’ Boosts VR Purchase Intent in China

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HTC China President Alvin Wang Graylin tweeted recently that Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One (2018) is projected to have a “significantly positive impact” on VR adoption in China this year. Image courtesy HTC.

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Report: HTC to Merge VR and Smartphone Divisions as President of Smartphones Resigns

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Update (12:25 ET) : We’ve reached out to HTC and are waiting on further confirmation. HTC told Engadget that Chang stepped down from his 6-year stint at the company to pursue his “personal career plan,” exactly what that entails, we’re not sure at this time.

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HTC & Seagate to Produce External Battery+Data Storage Solution for Vive Focus

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HTC and Seagate have partnered to produce an external power & data storage accessory for Vive Focus, ideal for people using the headset for local media consumption. Image courtesy HTC. HTC claims Vive Focus’ internal battery allows up to 3 hours of active use time.

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HTC Launches Vive Focus in North America & Europe with Enterprise Emphasis

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At a special event today in San Francisco, HTC announced that Vive Focus , the company’s standalone 6DOF headset, is launching for enterprise customers starting today in 37 markets, including North America and Europe. Image courtesy HTC.

Save $100 on HTC Vive During Black Friday & Cyber Monday

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Beginning on November 24th, HTC will give $100 off purchases of the Vive system, while stocks last. Software deals during the Black Friday weekend will also be available through HTC’s own VR app store, Viveport.

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HTC Drops price of HTC Vive to $499

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HTC Vive today announced that the HTC VIVE has a permanent $100 price reduction for the current Vive full kit down to $499 from $599. Bundled with the HTC Vive is a free two-month Viveport Subscription, as well as a redemption code for the most popular VR title, Fallout 4 VR, a $59.99 Assuming you do not intend on picking up the HTC Vive Pro, this is the best deal on the Vive so far. HTC Vive News HTC Vive deals pricing

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HTC Vive Pro Headset Review: Welcomed Improvements Overshadowed By a Steep Price

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HTC impressed us with its debut headset, the Vive, back in 2016. So when HTC launches a new headset two years later and asks for more than twice the price (including base stations and controllers), you could be forgiven for expecting it to feel like a next-generation device.

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HTC Vive Wireless Adapter Launches This September For $300

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Today, HTC announced that the official Vive Wireless Adapter will retail for $300 and is set to launch on September 24th. hours: While using the Wireless Adapter, it’s powered by a single HTC QC 3.0

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HTC Launches $300 SteamVR 1.0 Tracking Bundle for Vive Pro Users

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HTC today announced they’re launching a hardware accessory bundle for $300 that will include all necessary bits for new Vive Pro customers starting from scratch (besides the headset, that is). The post HTC Launches $300 SteamVR 1.0

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HTC: Vive Pro is Targeted at Prosumers and Will Be “more expensive” Than Consumer Vive

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VR/AR expert Antony Vitillo (aka ‘ Skarred Ghost ‘) got an opportunity to speak with HTC Vive China President Alvin Wang Graylin recently, and while Graylin predictably couldn’t answer the question on everyone’s mind—”how much is Vive Pro going to cost?”—we

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Report: HTC to Unveil Standalone VR Headset at Vive Developer Conference in November

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HTC could be showing off its standalone VR headset at the company’s November 14th Vive Developer Conference (VDC) in Beijing. To wit, HTC says it will have ‘some important announcements’ to make. image courtesy HTC.

HTC Partners to Stream VR Games to Vive in China, Cutting VR-Ready PCs Out of the Equation

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Oculus and HTC have already reduced the prices of their respective headsets, with the Oculus Rift now selling for $500 and HTC Vive for $600. This comes as a part of a larger trend by HTC to make Vive usership less financially daunting.

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HTC Explains Why It Hasn’t Lowered the Price of the Vive

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Despite its primary competitor, Oculus, making a major price cut to the Rift & Touch earlier this year, HTC’s Vive headset still sits at a hearty $800. The company’s GM of VR, Daniel O’Brien, tells us why HTC hasn’t cut the cost of their headset in response.

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HTC Vive Goes Retail

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Now the HTC Vive appears at retail. The Vive retails for $799 which is the same as the price direct from HTC. Current HTC Vive orders are targeted for June shipping. Hardware HTC HTC Vive Virtual Reality Virtual Reality News Vive VR VR Games VR Movies

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