It's official: HTC are planning to release a new All-in-One VR Headset this year, described as a 'Next-Gen Standalone.'
But the President of HTC in China was quick to qualify the news: "I don't think I would position it as a Quest competitor," even if it is "probably better than what's out there from any vendor today."
The above image is not the upcoming HTC Vive All-in-One, rather the original Vive for descriptive purposes.
President of Vive in China, Alvin Wang Graylin, has announced that HTC are working to release a new AIO (or, 'All-in-One') VR Headset later this year. This is really big news, that could have major implications on the market more widely.
We've been discussing the concept of a 'Quest-killer' for some time, particularly when it came to the prospect of a potential PSVR2... you know, before it was actually a thing.
Well, now we actually may have a Quest-killer on the horizon. Except for the fact that Alvin Wang Graylin, President of HTC Vive in China, has explicitly said that challenging the Quest's hegemony isn't exactly a priority for the company:
I think we’ve said in the past that we will release a new AIO [All-in-One] this year. I don’t think I would position it as a Quest competitor. I think it’s our next-generation standalone, we will have one this year, it is going to be a great product.
Confirmed in an interview with TeliportMe, a European firm that shares 360-degree VR panoramas organises Virtual Tours, Graylin didn't give us too many details about the new device.
However, there was a general view in the interview that the new All-in-One would be a significant upgrade from HTC's previous models "from every perspective." Not only that, Graylin supposed that "it's probably better than what's out there from any vendor today."
We're still not sure if the announcement in the TeliportMe interview was related to HTC's cryptic tweet last week.
There's a lot to unpack here, so we'll delve further into the news further as it emerges over the next few weeks. Be sure to follow VR Final on Twitter to always stay up-to-date with the latest VR breaking news.
What would you like to see in a Next-Gen HTC Vive All-in-One? Do you think it has the potential to be a Quest-killer? Let us know in the comments below!