In our last few days of CES coverage, we have seen a story form for almost every AR or VR company in Las Vegas. One company that we haven’t seen, or heard much about? HTC. HTC released the Vive Cosmos just a few months ago, but the newest consumer-focused headset from the company was riddled with serious problems upon release.
This lead to small sales and usage numbers, something Vive isn’t accustomed to. With their latest attempt at pleasing the consumers not going well, the company has decided to bring their focus back to VR enterprise solutions. They released a statement to Upload VR over the week in regards to the absence at CES and the news they will eventually share.
“We’ve got big things in store for 2020 and a new vision for VIVE that we look forward to sharing with you,” the company said.
What does this mean?
Somewhat cryptic, somewhat simple and innocent. When they say ‘new vision’, what do they mean by that? We know that they are focused on bringing the best headsets to companies that rely on virtual reality. So how does that translate into a change of course? We will likely have to wait about 50 days to find out. HTC is planning on being at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. This is taking place in February, spanning from the 24-27.
Its no coincidence that this new vision is coming on the heels of the HTC CEO, Cher Wang, stepping down. Cher took a step down right before the Vive Cosmos was released. Since then, the new CEO has been more business-focused than ever. Yves Maitre comes from French telecom company, Orange.
The Vive Cosmos is still sitting at 0.00% on the Steam hardware report. That isn’t official, but it does prove the idea that Vive is done with consumers for now.
What is coming?
For Vive to ‘wow’ people in Barcelona next month, they’ll need to have a strong showing. We have seen some impressive headsets at CES and its only day 2. Plenty of these headsets are business-focused, and plenty of the tech inside is something that Vive has yet to break out.
Will we see Vive release a new headset? Could this be Vive turning into a complete enterprise VR company? Are we stretching our imagination out too much? Let us know what you think in the comments below! For more VR news and community updates, make sure to check back at VRGear.com.