Published: Fri, January 06, 2017
Research | By Elizabeth Houston

VR product not going to be unveiled at CES 2017

The company has also introduced the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap with adjustable headphones for isolated, comfortable gameplay.

According to HTC's vice president and head of AR Daniel O' Brien, 2016 was all about making virtual reality cool-and 2017 will be about building an ecosystem.

The company say they'll be supporting the launch of the TPCast wireless adapter, a graduate of HTC's recent incubator program for the Vive.

Vive Tracker was also announced at the session, a new device that will assist the development of Vive accessories - it's essentially a conduit enabling other devices to easily connect to Vive.

While HTC didn't reveal the Vive 2 at this year's CES, the company did show off several new interesting accessories for its virtual reality headset.

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HTC also promised an improved audio experience in the form of another accessory.

Originally unveiled back in November as an exclusive to HTC's Chinese storefront, the TPCast is created to address one of the biggest problems - next to price - facing room-scale virtual reality: the cable tethering your skull to your PC.

HTC said it was working with Intel on wireless technology called WiGiG, which offers a high-speed connection over short range.

The battery pack it will ship with provides 6,000mAh of power, which the startup claims is good for about two hours of use per charge. The Tracker has a Q2 launch date with no price stated thus far. The computer that's running your game or simulation can track the physical object you attach the Tracker with.

HTC today showed off a new piece of hardware at CES that will allow VR users to bring a variety of real-world accessories - like plastic guns, tennis rackets or even a firehose - into virtual worlds running on an HTC Vive VR headset. HTC's goal is to expand that video arcade experience to about 5,000 different arcades worldwide by the end of the year.

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