Major HTC Vive ‘breakthrough’ to be shown at CES 2016

HTC is reportedly set to reveal a big tech breakthrough for the HTC Vive VR headset at CES next month.

HTC CEO Cher Wang explained at the Vive Unbound developers forum in Beijing today that Valve and the HTC team made “a very, very big technological breakthrough” with its Vive virtual reality system earlier this month, according to Engaget.

While HTC didn’t reveal anything about what this “technological breakthrough” is, or how it actually effects the Vive VR headset, HTC revealed it will demo the new tech at .

Wang said that the breakthrough is also the reason the company delayed the launch of the HTC Vive to April 2016, choosing instead to rework the VR headset rather than releasing it without the upgrade.

“We shouldn’t make our users swap their systems later just so we could meet the December shipping date,” she said, according to the report.

Still no price tag

Unfortunately, HTC has also still not revealed a price range for the Vive, though we do expect it to sit on the higher range, as HTC is not only targeting consumers in the home.

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Wang revealed Audi and other car brands will be installing Vive headsets in its flagship stores next year to offer VR test drives. Wang is also hoping to entice hospitals and schools for educational purposes.

Luckily, we may have gotten a look at what HTC will end up shipping out in April 2016, with leaked images coming out overnight of what could be the new HTC Vive headset and controllers.

We’ve contacted HTC about these images, but we may have to wait until CES 2016 in a couple of weeks to get more information.


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