Last April, HTC released the HTC Vive virtual reality headset. Even though it was incredibly costly, $800 for the entire set up, a lot of people still bought the device. Since then, it has partnered with Valve for some pretty awesome VR games and other contents. Now, there have been talks that HTC will be unveiling the HTC Vive 2 at next year?s Consumer Electronic Show.
A few months after the release, HTC figured out that it needs to provide untethered VR gaming for the HTC Vive. This is why the Chinese arm of the HTC Vive team developed the TPCAST. The TPCAST is a wireless transceiver accessory for the HTC Vive. It links the VR headset to the host computer.
When HTC did a demo of the TPCAST a few months back, the company boasted of the very low latency even on high refresh rates. Because of this, many HTC Vive fans want the same thing for their VR headsets. Unfortunately, at the time of the demo, the TPCAST is said to be available only in China.
After that, rumors started to circulate that the HTC Vive 2 will come paired with the wireless link device. Even though HTC initially shot down rumors of it developing a new VR headset, the rumor still did not die down.
A report from the Taiwanese Central News Agency revealed that HTC will be announcing the HTC Vive 2 next year. The announcement will be made during the CES 2017 event in Las Vegas on January 5, 2016. Also, spearheading the announcement will be HTC?s Chairman and co-founder, Wang Xuehong.
The HTC Vive 2 is rumored to get massive improvements on its release next year. According to CNA, it will feature dual 4K displays for an even more immersive gaming experience. On top of the new display, the refresh rate will also be increased in order to prevent motion sickness during prolonged usage. From 90Hz, the new refresh rate for the HTC Vive 2 will be 120Hz.
As mentioned earlier, the HTC Vive 2 might also come pre-installed with the TPCAST wireless transceiver. In addition to this, the new VR headset will require less power while improving tracking and sensing performance.
If the report from CNA proves to be right, there is a chance that this will only be an announcement of what?s to come. Nevertheless, VR gamers can expect the new HTC Vive 2 some time after the second half of 2017.
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