HTC itself released an official statement that nullifies the various rumors surrounding it recently. One particular rumor is about the unveiling of the company’s next generation Vive VR headset during CES 2017.
According to Game Rant, the Taiwanese manufacturer said that there is no truth to any of the rumors saying that the launch of Vive 2 will be during the CES 2017 event. The statement then went on to say that the company is more interested in making a stronger system for both the current and future Vive users.
What this basically means is that the company is still more inclined to focus on its existing VR products first. That might prove to be disappointing among fans waiting for more technological improvements, but those who already own the device are more or less satisfied that their $800 VR headset will remain relevant for a longer period of time.
After all, as all trends go, companies have the tendency to ignore a predecessor once a new generation of a device has been released. If the rumors prove to be true, then new HTC Vive owners will be short-changed due to the fact that they only bought their headsets during the holidays.
Another compelling evidence of the falseness of the rumor lies with the release date of the current generation HTC Vive headset. After all, according to iTech Post, it just got released last April 2016. Coupled with the company’s promise of improving the VR experience that the current Vive can offer, it is safe to say that a new Vive headset might be released in 2018 at the earliest.
Lastly, this benefits the entire VR industry and the gaming industry in general. After all, withholding the release of a new generation VR headset will give game developers ample time to make the most out of the current technology and prepare for the next generation.