HTC will have a new product event on January 12th

HTC will have a new product event on January 12th

HTC will have a new product event on January 12th

HTC will have a new product event on January 12th

 
HTC are rumoured to be hosting a new product event on January 12th, with plans to showcase new smartphones and VR devices. The company is already rumoured to have sent invitations to members of the press, leaving many to expect that the company will only have a small presence at CES 2017. 
 
In recent months there have already been several rumours that HTC is planning to release a new version of their HTC Vive VR headset, coming with second generation lighthouse tracking to reduce the headset's component count, mass and hopefully cost. 
 

This second generation HTC Vive could be considered as a mid-generation refresh for SteamVR, likely containing several ergonomic improvements and have the same display resolutions, refresh rates and field of view as existing HTC Vive headsets.  Upgrades to display components, such as higher screen resolutions and refresh rates, will result in higher PC system requirements, limiting the headsets potential userbase. This makes it likely that any changes to the HTC Vive will be to reduce the headset's cost and improve the headset's usability rather than making any major hardware upgrades. 

 
 
HTC will have a new product event on January 12th

 

Back in September, Valve started recommending that SteamVR headsets use Triad Semiconductor's new TS3633 integrated circuit, which Valve has helped Triad to develop. This new circuit not only reduces the component count for the HTC Vive's tracking system but reduces the headset's power consumption, mass and improves the accuracy of their tracking system. 

In total when applied to both the HTC Vive headset itself and its motion controls this improved tracking system removes a total of 2560 component placements on the HTC Vive, making the headset easier to produce and much more reliable. Below is a detailed explanation from Triad's VP of marketing and sales, Reid Wender, on how this reduction in the component count will benefit the HTC Vive 2.0.

It is likely that at this event HTC will be showcasing a variety of products such mobile phones to other wearables, though a new iteration of their Vive headset is certainly something that is on the cards.

 

You can join the discussion on HTC's January 12th press event on the OC3D Forums.   

 

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