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HTC Planning Mobile VR Headset For This Year

Unlike Samsung Gear VR, HTC promises that it won't be a phone in a headmounted dock.

News by Mike Williams, .

HTC's Vive is the current leader when it comes to PC-based virtual reality headsets, sitting ahead of the Oculus Rift. HTC isn't stopping there though. In an interview with CNET, HTC Chief Financial Officer Chia-lin Chang said that the company is planning another virtual reality headset in the future.

Not like this. Smaller.

"We have a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR," said Chang "Vive is very top end, and in the coming months you'll see our plans in terms of mobility and VR, and it's not a phone slapped onto a headset. It'd be a different thing."

Chang went so far as to call HTC "a VR company", insisting that "we're going to have something" prior to the end of this year. Chang's mention of HTC's VR focus mirrors statements made by HTC CEO Cher Wang during the company's release of its fourth quarter 2016 results.

"We have learned much from our entrance into the world of virtual reality," Wang said, "and we believe our focused approach to building the ecosystem is the right strategy to enable the whole industry to expand through the creation of compelling content and rich experiences."

The competition also believes that mobile, standalone VR is the way forward for the hardware. Back in October, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced a prototype VR headset that would sit between the premium Oculus Rift and mobile Samsung Gear VR.

"We're working on this," said Zuckerberg at time. "It's still early. We don't want to get your hopes up. We have a demo. We don't have a product yet. This is the kind of thing we believe will exist... a completely new category of virtual reality product."

It'll be interesting to see who gets there first.

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