Even though people are still trying to get their hands on the HTC Vive, it seems that Valve and HTC may be working on the next generation already.
According to a new report that seemingly comes from the supply chain of the VR headset, HTC may be working on a version 2.0 of the Vive headset set for release before the year is up.
It is likely that the current generation HTC Vive was an experimental build of the device to gauge interest and more than likely rushed through phases of the design and build process. A refined HTC Vive would make perfect sense, despite the short window from the previous model. The design of the device has been said to be one of the negatives when compared to the Oculus Rift, so improving this with Vive 2.0 would certainly increase the appeal.
It’s not the first time that the Vive developers have commented on the intention to slim down the profile of the headset. The headset was certainly improved on over the DK1 unit, but HTC’s Brian Lowe commented at the 2015 SHVR Jam that the company wanted to take it further but never did.
This falls directly in line with the recent report that has surfaced, which claims a new HTC Vive could be released within the next 6-8 months. The device will sport a sleeker, slimmer, and more sporty profile, as well as upgraded internals. The report pegs the release at the tail end of 2016, or early 2017, but it’s likely HTC would want to get the unit out before the holiday period.
While it would make sense for HTC to refine the design of its headset, it would certainly leave some unhappy customers of the early adoption for the current generation of Vive headset. Could there be some kind of upgrade offer to get the new design? Is VR joining the same upgrade cycle as smartphones where we’ll see yearly releases?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, especially if you’re a current HTC Vive owner.