HTC is back at E3 this year for its sophomore spin at the gaming expo, after its first show in 2016 following closely on the heels of the Vive VR headset’s consumer launch. we spoke to HTC VP of VR Dan O’Brien at this year’s E3, to find out a bit about how the company sees the market, its role therein and the state of VR in ubiquitous now that it’s not the newest child on the block.
We talked a bit about how critical it is to see big games welcome the platform, including Bethesda’s Doom and Fallout VR titles (it wasn’t nonetheless open that Mario Kart would also be making its way to the Vive around Tokyo arcades, but the same conclusions apply). O’Brien was vehement about how despite clever indie support, which HTC continues to prize, big name games coming to VR are certain to help it continue to mature as an industry, and attract new gamers who might’ve been calm to differently stay sat on the fence.
The Vive has also developed from a hardware perspective, and O’Brien forked out that both the new Deluxe Audio Strap, and Intel’s arriving WiGig wireless adapter pack for Vive are going to be on display and accessible for contrast this year at the show. The Vive Tracker, which brings other objects into the gaming world, is further on display with some new diversion integrations. The headset itself may not have changed given last year, but we’ve schooled a lot about user experience, on both hardware and program fronts.
VR competence not nonetheless be a breakaway pound hit, even when it’s tied to a console and with a reduce separator to entrance than the Vive, as with PS VR. But O’Brien doesn’t seem under any illusions about the work that still needs to be finished in the space, and as explanation he points to new partnership announcements, including with Google, on opposite approaches to broadening the interest of VR in general.
HTC didn’t get have anything as showy as its own Vive keynote at its second E3, necessarily, but it did see the VR colonize incorporated in big announcements from Sony, Bethesda and Nintendo – not bad for a relations gaming expo novice.