HTC’s CEO Cher Wang has gone on record stating that one of the reasons for the recently announced delay to the release of the Steam VR powered HTC Vive VR headset was to incorporate the latest “very, very big technological breakthrough”.
HTC haven’t had the smoothest of rides recently, with questions over the company’s financial stability and then news that their great white hope, the Steam VR powered HTC Vive VR headset, wouldn’t make its announced 2015 release date.
However, it seems the company is trying to counter the negative press with some high profile statements emanating from a high profile source on the matter. The source in question is HTC’s CEO Cher Wang, and according to her, the recently announced delay – that the Vive will now ship to consumers after the Oculus Rift in April 2016 – was for very good reasons.
She’s gone on record with Engadget stating that the decision was made in the wake of “a very, very big technological breakthrough” with the Vive, and that the delay was to save consumers having to consider a two tier VR headset, with a higher specc’ed unit potentially appearing shortly after the December released hardware. The system still is now slated to go up for pre-order in February 2016.
No information on what this technological breakthrough might be, but it seems we’ll find out at the annual CES in January, where a new version of the headset will apparently be demonstrated. Recently leaked images may indicate what this new version will look like, at least superficially – as we covered just last week.
Either way, Road to VR will be on the ground at CES as always, ready to track down whatever new we can on the updates.