HTC Makes Big Push into Enterprise VR

15 de Noviembre, 2018

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To further enhance the appeal of the company’s new enterprise headset, HTC also announced a new enterprise VR collaboration app, dubbed Vive Sync, that enables employees in different offices to meet in a VR environment.

The expansion is HTC’s latest step in offering VR devices and packages aimed at the enterprise. HTC first delved into business-focused offerings by launching its Vive Business Edition package in 2016. And in April 2018, the company launched its business-focused PC-powered Vive Pro VR headset in the US. HTC will likely continue to release more offerings geared toward the enterprise to capitalize on the burgeoning market: The global enterprise VR hardware and software market is expected to explode 1,160% from $1 billion in revenue in 2018 to $12.6 billion in 2025, according to Tractica.

The stand-alone Vive Focus is an attractive option for enterprises, as it offers various benefits over HTC’s PC-powered VR headsets:

  • The cost of ownership is significantly lower. Consumers using the Vive Focus only have to buy the $600 headset. However, the $400 HTC Vive and $800 Vive Pro also require high-powered PCs, which generally cost upwards of $1,000.
  • It boasts similar tracking capabilities. The Vive Focus offers six degrees of feedom (6DoF), enabling full positional headset tracking similar to the Vive and Vive Pro PC-powered headsets. This allows users to move in any direction in 3D digital space.
  • Its setup process is simpler. Since the stand-alone device doesn’t require PCs or any additional hardware, users simply have to put the device on to start using it. For comparison, the Vive and Vive Pro both require businesses to place various external sensors in a room to track users and connect several cables from the headset to the computer before using the device.

However, the Vive Focus will face an uphill battle in terms of enterprise uptake, as Oculus is preparing to offer a stand-alone VR headset with similar tech at a lower price point. The Oculus Quest, which starts shipping in the US this spring, also offers 6DoF headset tracking with a stand-alone form factor, but it costs $400 compared with the $600 Vive Focus. Furthermore, both devices are powered by the same Snapdragon 835 processor and display almost identical screen resolution.

Fuente: Business Insider

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