HTC Unveils VR Headset For U11
HTC have announced a new VR headset designed especially to work with its new U11 smartphone.
According to HTC, the new HTC Link will deliver a smartphone-powered virtual reality experience more akin to dedicated devices like HTC’s own Vive and the Oculus Rift. The new device will initially only be available in Japan.
While VR devices like Samsung’s Gear VR typically utilise a connected smartphone’s display to show VR content, the HTC Link instead receives content from the U11 over USB-C and displays it on its own pair of 3.6-inch 1080×1200 LCD displays with a 110-degree field-of-view and the same 90Hz refresh rate as the HTC Vive.
In a first for virtual reality headsets built for smartphones, the HTC Link offers six degrees of freedom motion tracking, and utilises an external camera sensor to track the location of motion controllers, both of which are bundled with the HTC Link.
Pricing and availability for the HTC Link have not been announced, but the device will be released in Japan in late July.
HTC announced last week that the U11 will retail for $999 in Australia, with more information about retail availability expected soon.