When the HTC Vive was released last April, it was an instant hit. Many VR gamers flocked to the stores and got themselves their own setup of the VR headset. Since then, many have been talking about its supposed update, and eventually, the release of HTC Vive 2. Unfortunately, the company?s SVP has clarified that it does not have any plans of releasing an update, at least anytime soon. In an interview with TechRadar, Rikard Steiber discussed the possibility of extending the HTC Vive into the arcade gaming industry.
According to the said interview, Steiber alluded that HTC is considering of releasing a version of the HTC Vive more suited for arcade gaming. In fact, the company is now in the middle of the development phase.
Steiber also said that the design for the arcade version of the HTC Vive will be focused on performance and design factor. The design factor part will come as the new wireless feature for the VR headset. A few weeks ago, HTC unveiled the VR gaming accessory for the HTC Vive that enables it to run wirelessly. The TPCAST, developed by the Chinese arm of HTC Vive, attached to the Vive to provide wireless gaming capability. Unfortunately, the TPCAST is only available in the Chinese HTC Vive website; it can be bought for around $220.
As for the other side of the world goes, HTC has partnered with a Bulgarian VR company, Quark VR. The two companies will develop another version of wireless connectivity accessory for the Vive, albeit this time, it is for the European market.
The HTC Vive is available from the HTC online store and other retailers for $800. The bundle includes the headset, two controllers and a couple of sensors. Just like the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive will need a PC with solid specs. An Intel i5 is more often enough, however, the video card must be at least and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 or Radeon R9 290.
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