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Vive delay due to "technological breakthrough"

HTC CEO says new feature will be revealed at next month's Consumer Electronics Show

Even with launch windows looming, it appears the hardware powering the new wave of virtual reality headset is still very much in flux. As reported by Engadget, HTC CEO Cher Wang spoke at the Vive Underground forum in Beijing on Friday, telling developers that the recently announced delay in the VR headset's launch was due to "a very, very big technological breakthrough."

Wang suggested that the breakthrough happened just days before the delay was announced, but it was worth abandoning the Vive's original launch window to keep from fragmenting the user base.

"We shouldn't make our users swap their systems later just so we could meet the December shipping date," Wang said.

As for what sort of breakthrough would be worth postponing the launch for and could be implemented in time for the Vive's new April 2016 launch window, Wang said that would be revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.

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Julian Williams Founder, WIZDISH Ltd.4 years ago
a very, very big technological breakthrough.
I like the sound of that. Some think it may be fully wireless but top of my wish-list would be vergence-accommodation. The breakthrough may be one that they are incorporating, rather than having invented themselves, so it could be one of the University projects such as this: http://www.computationalimaging.org/publications/the-light-field-stereoscope/

Let's hope so.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises4 years ago
LOL, Julian I hope he's not calling a fully wireless Vive "a very, very big technological breakthrough."
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Julian Williams Founder, WIZDISH Ltd.4 years ago
I think the HMD makers would but can see why it might not appear so :)
On a similar theme to before maybe it's something like this: http://uploadvr.com/smi-eye-tracking-foveated-rendering-exclusive/
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Klaus Preisinger Freelance Writing 4 years ago
There is a leaked picture with a forward facing camera built into the device. That might really be a neat trick to let reality back in, if desired by game or player.
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Paul Shirley Programmers 4 years ago
A built in camera could allow for very accurate and cheap motion tracking...
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