The VIVECON 2021 website has given us a bunch of new details about what will be revealed - including the possibility of multiple new HTC Vive headsets.
MULTIPLE New HTC Vive VR Headsets?
Okay, it's not as much of a scoop as I had made out. We've been expecting an announcement like this since VIVECON was revealed earlier this month.
But what is new is that we now know what will happen on each day of the conference. We also know we may be getting a bit more than we had expected, too.
Day 1 will be the 'Keynote Event', described on the website as the day they "debut what's new". Most significantly, we now know that HTC Vive will unveil more than one "game-changing VR headset".
That's a big departure from the previous reporting, which had just assumed that the long rumoured HTC Vive All-In-One would be the only new device debuted at the event.
We've been anticipating a new HTC VR headset reveal for quite some time. Back in March, in an interview with TeliportMe, Graylin described an upcoming "Next-Gen standalone" which would be a significant upgrade "from every perspective." He also described it as "better than what's out there from any vendor today."
Then, HTC published an up-close snapshot of the new headset, accompanying it with the ominous caption: "Now that the accessories are out of the way, let's get down to business."
The Keynote Event will also unveil some new software and platforms "to take your experience to another level". Whatever it is HTC is planning to show off, I am pretty confident it is going to be big.
Panels & Discussions
Day 2 will be the "ISV Partner & Developer Sessions": a number of discussion panels starring various industry experts, strategic partners, and special guests.
Here are a few of the panels we have to look forward to. For a full list of panellists, check out the VIVECON 2021 website here:
- 'Remote work: The new normal.'
- 'Training the next workforce.'
- 'Empowering the healthcare industry through VR.'
- 'Visualizing the future.'
- 'Bringing VR to new audiences and locations.'
- 'Developing for VIVE: What's new?'
So, not long now until we find out what "game-changing" really means. You can register for participation here to make sure you don't miss out on a single drop.
No explicit word yet, but here's hoping HTC tell us more about their new partnership with Bandai Namco Pictures which was announced yesterday. The two companies hope to bring exclusive anime content in VR together.