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Published: Fri, February 17, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Lula West

New patent reveals wireless PlayStation VR headset

New patent reveals wireless PlayStation VR headset

Taiwan-based smartphone brand HTC Corp.(宏達電) is planning to launch a mobile virtual reality device as a follow up to its HTC Vive VR headset that was released previous year, a technology website reported Thursday.

HTC's Chief Financial Officer, Chia-lin Chang, has not only described the firm as a "VR company", but has also indicated it is working on a new VR device.

HTC has confirmed plans to launch a mobile virtual reality headset, created to sit alongside its tethered PC-linked Vive device and claimed to be more complex than smartphone-powered rivals like the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream.

Chang did state, however, that the product would launch before the end of the year.

Companies like Oculus, Samsung and Google have been in the mobile VR game for a while now and it looks like soon HTC will be joining the ranks. In fact, the company is going further on to say that it won't just be a headset with a slapped on it, but much more, setting an atmosphere of intrigue to new buyers.

If that's the case, it'll be more like the LG 360 VR.

HTC said it would still sell the low-end phones that are already at retailers - it isn't yanking back handsets - and it will continue to support those devices for people who already own them. However, it will most likely take up the place between high-end systems like the Vive and smartphone-powered headsets like the Gear VR.

The company is one of the early players to venture into virtual reality and has spearheaded an informal alliance to develop the sector which includes Warner Brothers, Alibaba and Valve.

Last week though, the company revealed its revenue for January was down 28 percent on its 2016 number, reporting NT$4.7 billion in 2017 compared to NT$6.5 billion a year prior.

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