December 29, 2016

Update (12/29): HTC has confirmed to UploadVR that it will not, in fact, launch the Vive 2 at CES 2017:

There is no truth to the rumor of launching Vive 2 at CES 2017. At Vive, we are laser focused on building out a strong and growing ecosystem for current and future Vive owners so they can experience the best room-scale VR with the most compelling content available.

Original post (12/28): The HTC Vive virtual reality system has only been available to purchase for less than a year, but a new report claims the company is nearly ready to reveal the next-generation version of the device. The report claims the HTC Vive 2 will be shown off next week at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The report comes from DigiTimes, which got its info from the Central News Agency media outlet in Taipei. It claims the Vive 2 will have two 4K displays inside, along with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The current HTC Vive has two 1080 x 1200 resolution displays with a 90Hz refresh rate. In addition, the same report claims the Vive 2 will have a wireless connection to PCs, rather than the wired connection on the first Vive.

Obviously, HTC has not confirmed any of these reports, and we consider this rumor to be more than a little sketchy, especially since the first Vive has only been available to buy since April of 2016. In November, the company stated it has sold “much more” than 140,000 units of the Vive, just ahead of the holiday shopping season. In any case, we will know for sure if these rumors are correct in about a week at CES.

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