HTC is by no means a new name in the VR headset market. We have reported on numerous announcements and products from the company in recent years. Now HTC has announced another model to the website The Verge and apparently wants to compete with the Meta Quest 2. The previously nameless all-in-one headset is said to come with outdoor cameras, color passthrough, a depth sensor, support for motion controllers and other features. More detailed information will be available during CES 2023, which will take place in Las Vegas from January 5th to 8th.
Competition for the quest 2
After HTC once announced that it would withdraw from the market for consumer-facing VR headsets, it is now entering this market again. HTC’s new product won’t be able to compete with the Quest 2 in terms of price, at least according to CEO Shen Ye.
In his statements to The Verge, he emphasizes the importance of privacy and implies that this has price consequences: “We are in an area that has been subsidized by companies that are trying to record personal data and pass it on to advertisers”, so yeah “We don’t think the way we approach this (project) is to compromise privacy.”
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In addition to the Meta Quest 2 or the new project from HTC, the Playstation VR 2 in particular has been a topic of conversation in recent months. Advance sales for the device started in November and caused criticism in our editorial team. The headset, which will be able to play titles such as Horizon: Call of the Mountain, is scheduled to be launched on February 22, 2023.
Quellen: Pcgamer, The Verge, CES 2023