1. VirtuaTyKing's Avatar


    by JOE DURBIN • AUGUST 26TH, 2016

    As with all technology, the HTC Vive started becoming obsolete the moment it was officially released in April. It’s no secret HTC is interested in one day creating a follow up to the Vive that will keep the brand on the cutting edge of the industry but, according to one higher up at the company, that day may be further in the future than most people realize.

    Raymond Pao is the vice president for future technologies at HTC and its newest subsidiary: Vive Corporation. As such, his job is to scour the world for the most bleeding edge tech he can find and then figure out how to either buy, borrow or otherwise collaborate those innovations into the next generation of the Vive. Pao is a man in the know when it comes to the still unnamed “Vive 2” project, and in an interview at Upload’s offices in San Francisco, he indicated the company hadn’t settled on a plan for the next headset.

    “We are still having internal discussions as to what the next generation will be. And we don’t feel that we are limited by time or any one particular new feature,” Pao said in response to a question as to whether or not he feels the Vive 2 must be wireless. “Internally we have a couple ideas but its not solid yet and its not at the stage where we are confident that we have a plan.”

    Because this technology is so new, no one has really been sure what to expect in terms of a headset’s life cycle. Some argue that we could see marginally updated headsets every year or so, similar to the iPhone, but there are those in the industry who reject that notion. Game consoles generations, however, can last seven years. Pao’s comments seem to suggest indicate that VR headsets, at least for HTC, might be leaning toward the longer side.

    This may be a disappointment to some Vive owners who were hoping to pick up a higher resolution model with a more agreeable form factor by next Christmas. According to Pao, “at HTC our vision is to see VR become the next major computing platform. We want our next headset to be something not just for gamers. We focused on gamers at launch but in the future we want to build something that could revolutionize healthcare, commerce, socialization, and travel.”

    Source: https://uploadvr.com/vive-2-planned/

    What length of time would you like to see between generation's?
    I myself think 4 to 5 years would be acceptable for Vive and Rift updates. These are not cheap and minor updates would infuriate me if I brought one!
    Last edited by VirtuaTyKing; 08-27-2016 at 04:01 PM.
    08-27-2016 11:59 AM
  2. krisguy's Avatar
    I would have to guess that these units probably will not get major updates like phones, more like game consoles. Those don't get new revisions every year, usually every 7-10 years, because it takes that long for companies to take full advantage of learning that hardware set.
    08-28-2016 04:26 AM
  3. VirtuaTyKing's Avatar
    Let's hope. Eventually production costs will lower and retail price too. Adoption rates grow. That's the usual curve.
    08-28-2016 06:11 AM
  4. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    I was just reading this article: HTC 'still having internal discussions' on next-gen Vive and it's amazing how a lot of movement is creating the main VR brands into society and companies, because, making their own division/subsidiare just for the VIVE means that a lot of good things should come.
    08-30-2016 12:17 PM
  5. Cale Hunt's Avatar
    I would have to guess that these units probably will not get major updates like phones, more like game consoles. Those don't get new revisions every year, usually every 7-10 years, because it takes that long for companies to take full advantage of learning that hardware set.
    With you there, buddy. I can't foresee a yearly renewal unless VR becomes as mainstream as phones. Would that mean we'd always be in VR since we always have our phones with us?
    08-30-2016 08:05 PM
  6. Chemy JMHT's Avatar
    The only way VR update every year the devices is because it lower the prizes and increase a lot the applications and software for it, ando sure if someone develop something truly new, but it won't happen very often so.
    08-31-2016 09:21 AM

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