HTC is Quick to Squash Rumors of the VIVE 2 Unveiling at 2017’s CES
VR, or Virtual Reality for those unfamiliar with the abbreviation, has been taking the market by storm and is accessible on nearly every platform: console, PC, mobile – you name it. It is an outstanding form of entertainment as well as even being utilised in the medical field when treating patients in unseemly amounts of pain. The whole theory of it and implementation into the market of total immersion entertainment is changing the way the gaming industry runs and among those pieces of tech comes from HTC: the HTC Vive.
At E3 2016, the DFTG team was able to demo a wide plethora of VR headsets and the Vive remained completely uncontested in its quality … which would explain the $800 price tag, marking it as the most expensive “portable” VR device on the common market. The overwhelming success of the Vive has kept gamers busy, that’s for sure, but some fans were worried that HTC would pull an Apple or a Samsung and come out with the next-in-line too soon making the first one “yesterday’s news” with CES around the corner.
CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, is a huge convention where companies around the world come together to show off the latest in their tech and it is a huge platform for huge reveals. HTC was quick to quell consumer worries when they told UploadVR that the rumors of a Vive 2 imminent announcement were indeed false.
The rumors that prompted this announcement was reported by several media outlets claiming that HTC was rushing to get the next generation of the Vive on the market, boasting 4K displays and an impressive 120Hz refresh rate (the current rate is 90Hz). These rumors even impacted the market in China, where the original Vive’s price was drastically dropped.
There is no truth to the rumour of launching Vive 2 at CES 2017. At Vive, we are laser focused on building out a strong and growing ecosystem for current and future Vive owners so they can experience the best room-scale VR with the most compelling content available.”
A lot of buyers took to the top of the line headset when HTC ran a promotional sale knocking 100 USD off of the original price for the holidays. With such an influx in members joining #TeamVive, it is understandable that there was a certain level of consumer panic that a new generation would be rolling out so quickly rendering its predecessor “obsolete”. Looks like it will be awhile before that becomes an issue, so until then – fans of the headset can continue to enjoy the complete VR experience.
Have you gotten a chance to check out the HTC Vive yet? How about any of the competitors like the PlayStation VR or the Oculus Rift? Join in on the discussion in the comment section below and let us know what you think about the next step we are taking in gaming history.
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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Mass Effect, Liana has been an avid collector of gaming and comic memorabilia for well over two decades. With a passion for writing, gaming, and comics - she is currently working as writer and editor to several gaming publications and is also the Co-Owner and Managing Editor for DFTG. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, as well as several Facebook communities online.