In keeping with a number of sources, HTC is perhaps trying into “strategic options” in promoting their virtual reality enterprise to a full sale of the corporate.
That is fairly surprising if it’s factual as HTC went into the virtual reality enterprise realizing that this was a protracted recreation plan. HTC has been one of many huge pioneers within the VR trade the place they launched a high quality headset with the Vive. With full room-scale monitoring and lots of wonderful unique VR games, HTC was on monitor to remain forward of the sport.
On top of that, HTC has recently announced a partnership with Google in launching a new standalone VR headset, which is sort of interesting to the overall shopper market as you gained’t require a PC or function.
HTC has additionally launched the primary VR experience subscription mannequin with Viveport.
If this does occur, HTC is perhaps promoting their divisions individually to varied corporations. HTC at present owns many IPs with an enormous patent portfolio that’s fairly profitable. Many corporations could be extremely fascinated about buying these patents from HTC.
Some corporations that is perhaps fascinated about buying HTC’s Vive division:
Samsung: Already being within the VR trade, proudly owning the rights to the Vive expertise would bolster their development within the trade. Samsung is rumored to launch a standalone VR headset next year and proudly owning the patents to the Vive would possibly assist their aggressive push in dominating the market.
Oculus (Fb): If Oculus was to buy the Vive division, they’d primarily personal the PC powered VR headset market. This might additionally assist brush off a number of the ongoing lawsuits with Zenimax.
Apple: Apple may merely purchase the Vive division and bounce simply into the VR market. They’ve actively pursuing development within the immersive trade and have even partnered up with Apple on varied initiatives. In reality, the brand new Mac Pros are able to run an HTC Vive headset.
Microsoft: Microsoft is at present constructing out their Windows VR platform and proudly owning the Vive patents would assist convey a few new neighborhood to their huge portfolio.
We’ve reached out to HTC for any feedback or updates with regard to this matter. What are your ideas about this surprising news? Will they now not compete with Oculus?