Earlier this week, there were reports claiming that HTC would announce their next-generation Vive VR headset at CES 2017 next week. Turns out, we won’t be getting a glimpse of the next-generation Vive, as HTC has made a statement via UploadVR taking down those rumors, while also saying that they are committed to growing its VR ecosystem for current and potential owners of the Vive.
While the rumor is now false, it does make sense that HTC would preview their next-generation Vive at this year’s CES, as they have showcased Vive developer kits at previous CES events in years past. We do have to keep in mind however that the current-generation Vive is only 8-months old, so it is a bit early to reveal a second-generation headset. HTC is still in attendance for CES this year, so we will certainly hear more about what they have to offer, but the next-gen Vive will not be present.
The specs of the rumored second-generation Vive were to include two 4K displays that would have a refresh rate of 120Hz. Additionally, it would skip the HDMI and USB connector cables for a wireless receiver, meaning that the headset could be worn wirelessly.
HTC’s option to skip announcing the Vive at CES this year is probably a good thing, as the VR industry is expecting a slow turnaround next year because of weak consumer demand and issues with suppliers.
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