Smartphone maker unveiled virtual reality headset

TAIPEI: Smartphone maker HTC unveiled Tuesday to Taiwanese gamers its virtual reality headset for the first time, as the company pins its hopes on the new product to help revive struggling sales.

HTC has been suffering losses as it grapples with intense competition in the crowded smartphone sector from Samsung, Apple and rising Chinese brands. The HTC Vive will vie for consumers with Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Sony’s PlayStation VR, all set to be released next year as tech firms seek to make their mark in the virtual reality field.

Gamers in the capital Taipei queued at a tech mall for 10-minute trials of the headset, during which they played games including shooting zombies and exploring a sunken ship.

“It’s exciting to feel like you’re in the scene,” Judy Chen, 30, told AFP. “It feels quite real and gives you that sense of distance,” she said, adding she would consider buying one if it was priced around Tw$30,000 ($917). The company has yet to announce pricing for HTC Vive, created with US game developer Valve.




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