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It’s telling that HTC opted to set up shop in Hall 7 at MWC. Rather than holding court alongside the Samsungs and Huaweis of the world, the company mingled among the peripherals and accessories makers. While it’s true there was news around the Exodus 1 blockchain handset, the Vive was its real star of the show.
After debuting the Vive Pro Eye back at CES, the company went decidedly more lightweight at this week’s show, with the launch of the Focus Plus. The headset is HTC’s latest crack at standalone VR, more akin to Oculus Go or Quest.
Rig - Visuals - Controllers - Motion - Feedback
The latest rig brings improved visuals and controllers that swap camera-based motion tracking for an ultrasonic feedback system. I spent a bit of time with the new rig this afternoon in Barcelona. Off the top, it’s worth mentioning that the show floor of the world’s largest mobile conference is not the best spot to test any consumer technology, really — let alone a new VR rig.
It’s also unfair to compare it to the pricier Pro Eye, which I took for a quick spin for an impromptu Home Run Derby in the middle of the booth. The Snapdragon 835-powered (same as the earlier model) rig serves different functions — though HTC was notably keen to...
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