HTC Vive head­set headed to Shang­hai VR event

The China Post - - TAIWAN BUSINESS -

Shang­hai will be the next stop on a world tour or­ga­nized by Tai­wanese smart­phone-maker HTC Corp. ( ) to show­case and pro­mote its vir­tual re­al­ity (VR) head­set among de­vel­op­ers.

The HTC Vive head­set will be fea­tured at the SHVR Vive Jam on Aug. 14-16, a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween HTC and the Shang­hai VR Meetup that brings teams from across China to de­velop new func­tions and ex­pe­ri­ences us­ing the de­vice, tech news site Road to VR said in a re­port Mon­day.

The three-day SHVR, which is fo­cused on the emerg­ing VR tech­nol­ogy sec­tor, aims to cre­ate a lo­cal com­mu­nity that is en­thu­si­as­tic about VR and will­ing to learn from and share with each other.

Vir­tual re­al­ity head­sets en­able users to en­joy ex­pe­ri­ences out­side of ac­tual re­al­ity. Its ma­jor ap­pli­ca­tion in the ini­tial de­vel­op­ment stage is to en­rich the user ex­pe­ri­ence when par­tic­i­pat­ing in video games.

The Shang­hai meet­ing will start with an in­tro­duc­tion to room- scale game de­sign and hands-on tests with the Vive sys­tem to give de­vel­op­ers an un­der­stand­ing of its ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

The next two days will be used to de­velop func­tions, and the team judged as cre­at­ing the best ex­pe­ri­ence will walk away with their own HTC Vive de­vel­op­ment kit.

With HTC’s sup­port, the SHVR Vive Jam will be China’s largest VR jam, bring­ing to­gether the best game de­vel­op­ers, de­sign­ers, 3D artists, and an­i­ma­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the HTC Vive de­vel­op­ment kit and the SteamVR plat­form that pow­ers the HTC Vive head­set, Road to VR said.

The HTC Vive was first made avail­able to de­vel­op­ers ear­lier this year. The HTC Vive Devel­oper Edi­tion in­cludes two sin­gle-handed wire­less con­trollers, two base sta­tions and the head­set, al­low­ing wear­ers to in­spect ob­jects from ev­ery an­gle and in­ter­act with their sur­round­ings.

HTC is pur­su­ing other av­enues to ex­pand its pres­ence in the field and di­ver­sify away from its core smart­phone busi­ness.

It an­nounced in a fil­ing to the Tai­wan Stock Ex­change on July 29 that it will in­vest nearly US$10 mil­lion to ac­quire a 15 per­cent stake in WEVR, a U.S.-based open VR plat­form and com­mu­nity.

The in­vest­ment in WEVR, one of the first com­pa­nies to be­gin de­vel­op­ment and test­ing with the HTC Vive, will be car­ried out through an HTC sub­sidiary.

VR de­vices as a whole are ex­pected to grow rapidly over the next five years, with an av­er­age com­pound an­nual growth rate of 106 per­cent and com­bined ship­ments of 43 mil­lion units by 2020, ac­cord­ing to fore­casts by ABI Re­search.

“Sales of VR head mounted dis­plays, in­clud­ing mo­bile-based de­vices like the Sam­sung Gear VR and Google Card­board, as well as teth­ered de­vices like the Ocu­lus Rift and Sony’s Mor­pheus, will be driven by the re­lease of high-pro­file de­vices and a grow­ing aware­ness and in­ter­est in the tech­nol­ogy from con­sumers,” Eric Ab­bruzzese, a re­search an­a­lyst with ABI Re­search, said in a re­port on July 28.

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