HTC Announces Surprise VR Headset To Face Meta Quest Pro

Meta and Sony may have dominated the consumer VR headset conversation for the past year, but longtime rival HTC isn’t ready to throw in the towel.

Following a teaser in October, HTC is reportedly planning to announce a new standalone headset at CES 2023 – January 5 – a device that promises to be lightweight yet “powerful” capable of creating virtual reality and augmented reality. Not many details have been announced yet, but descriptions so far portray it as a solid contender for both the premium Meta Quest Pro and more consumer-friendly devices like the Pico 4 and Oculus Quest 2.

talking to Edge (opens in a new tab), HTC’s global product chief Shen Ye said the company will unveil a device that will not only be a tool for gaming, entertainment and exercise, but also for business and productivity. This fully self-contained VR headset won’t need a smartphone or PC to run, and will support controllers and six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) hand tracking – also known as a full VR experience, which is far more immersive than typical 3DoF VR activities such as VR movies.

HTC shared this teaser (opens in a new tab) devices in October (Image credit: HTC)

Color transmission seems to be the main focus of this product – which is not surprising considering that Meta and others have also made it their top priority. Color transmission means you can see the real world in full color while wearing the headset thanks to the outward-facing cameras.

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