HTC introduced a new virtual reality headsetthat has the distinctive feature of being autonomous and equipped with a high-end Qualcomm chip. A product that, for the moment, remains reserved for the Chinese market.

HTC believes more than ever in the potential of virtual reality and actively prepares the sequel. After a lively high-end PC, the Taiwanese company seems to focus on stand-alone headsets, which do not need to be connected to a computer to operate.

Let’s be honest: enjoying a virtual reality experience without the constraints of cables and in a very nomadic way, with high computing power and an effective motion recognition system, that’s what everybody dreams about.

The next few months will be important for this new market, as we should discover the next products of Oculus, but also a new helmet of HTC, fully autonomous and equipped with a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

HTC: a “Standalone Vive” headset with a Qualcomm chip, and compatible with the VivePort application store. The presence of a Snapdragon 835 also suggests a system of detection of the movements inside the helmet, which therefore does not require external camera or controllers to function.


  • The Oculus Rift with the Oculus Touch


The summer promotion of Oculus VR is an excellent opportunity to afford the Rift virtual reality helmet and its Touch controllers at a good price.

A few hours ago, Oculus VR launched the Summer of Rift, a new window of promotions where it is possible to afford the virtual reality helmet Oculus Rift with its controllers Oculus Touch at a very interesting price. A price almost twice the price practiced only five months ago for an identical bundle. This promotion is only offered for a “limited time “, knowing that the Summer of Rift also allows offering a whole series of compatible games at discounted prices.

With this new offer, which enhances the accessibility of one of the most important virtual reality helmets on the market, the entire RV ecosystem can benefit from it, while technology needs to be able to rely on far more substantial installed parks. Especially since the release of the Rift, the price of a PC “VR Ready ” also fell well.


The more accessible RV on PC and a new version in line of sight


Ensuring that a sufficient number of virtual reality headsets are sold to enable application and gaming developers to make their investments profitable and thus create a virtuous economic circle around this technology is at first a challenge The RV if it wants to impose itself as something sustainable.

Does this new price decrease announce the arrival of a Rift 2.0? When he was CEO of Oculus VR, Brendan Iribe said the plan was to launch a new version of the Rift one to two years after the first helmet was released. So we are on time and it is possible that the fourth Connect Convention of Oculus, will be announced in this direction.

Last year, at the same event, we were able to discover the wireless and autonomous prototype of an Oculus helmet, embedding the elements necessary to propose a room experience without external sensors. We are obviously looking forward to seeing if the Oculus Rift version 2.0 will take advantage of this kind of technology.