Taiwanese tech agency HTC launched its new Vive XR Elite combined actuality headset on the 2023 Client Electronics Present, billing it as a “gateway” to the metaverse.
The Vive XR Elite will act as “the perfect bodily gateway to the universe of experiences provided by Viverse, our model of the metaverse,” stated Cher Wang, co-founder and chairwoman of HTC, in a press release accompanying the launch.
Priced at $1,099, the gadget capabilities as a digital actuality headset with large 110 FOV, 4K decision and a 90Hz refresh fee, plus directional audio, 4 large FOV cameras and a depth sensor for 6DoF (six levels of freedom) spatial accuracy.
Like rival agency Meta’s Quest Professional headset, the Vive XR Elite will also be used as a combined actuality headset, and features a full colour RGB passthrough digicam and hand-tracking.
The headset comes with two controllers with hand monitoring and capacitive sensing options, and is suitable with HTC’s Wrist Tracker.
The gadget’s battery delivers a claimed two hours of full XR use, and could be eliminated to transform the gadget right into a glasses kind issue when related to an exterior energy supply. The Vive XR Elite additionally features a novel characteristic: adjustable lenses for spectacle wearers.
HTC’s metaverse ambitions
HTC is making no secret of its metaverse ambitions; the corporate is collaborating with layer-1 blockchain Lamina1, based by “Snow Crash” writer Neal Stephenson and Bitcoin Basis co-founder Peter Vessenes.
In a press release, HTC famous that it will likely be utilizing Lamina1’s instruments to “allow extra environment friendly cross-world cross-platform asset distribution and administration,” which means that customers can migrate digital belongings corresponding to avatars, garments and paintings between metaverse platforms.
The tech agency additionally introduced quite a few metaverse collaborations at CES 2023, together with a team-up with trend journal ELLE Taiwan, which is able to open a showroom in its Viverse metaverse. Warner Music Taiwan will launch a “new music expertise world” on Viverse, whereas Japanese creator platform pixiv will staff up with HTC to carry VRoid’s anime-style avatars into Viverse, utilizing the open VRM normal.
HTC has made no secret of its metaverse ambitions; in June 2022, it launched the HTC Want 22 Professional smartphone, billing it as a metaverse cellphone and touting its in-built NFT pockets and Viverse integrations.
Way back to 2018, it produced the Exodus 1 and Exodus 1s smartphones, with built-in crypto wallets and the flexibility to run a full Bitcoin node.
On the time, the corporate’s “chief decentralized officer,” Phil Chen, instructed Decrypt that, “in 5 years it will likely be trivial to have a Bitcoin node or different blockchain nodes saved in your cellphone.”