While HTC and the other head-mounted display (HMD) manufacturers may still be tinkering with the final designs for their HMD’s before launch, they know that just as important as the hardware is the software. A lack of decent software for any hardware launch can destroy a company’s chance of creating a commercially successful product, which is why HTC is working with over 1,000 developers to ensure that doesn’t happen.
Recently reported in UploadVR, according to HTC, the company is: “working with over a thousand developers on content creation over a wide spectrum of applications including gaming, entertainment and education, to ensure a compelling ecosystem ahead of the highly anticipated launch of HTC Vive at the end of the year.”
The company is heavily investing in virtual reality (VR) as its core mobile phone business continues to decline. HTC reported an operating loss of $161 million USD ($5.1 billion in New Taiwan Dollars), in its second quarter financial results, revealing that revenues were roughly half what they were for the same period in the previous year. This investment stretches from software to the HTC Vive’s marketing. With the HTC VIve World Tour in full swing, the company is trying to ensure as many people as possible get to try the device before it goes on general sale later this year, giving the HTC Vive a head start over the Oculus Rift and Project Morpheus HMD’s.
With Samsung and Apple dominating mobile markets, and Samsung also having the Gear VR HMD which is being used by companies and institutions all over the world for VR experiences, HTC looks to have a lot riding on the HMD when it launches this winter.
VRFocus will continue to report on the latest updates for the HTC Vive HMD as they’re announced.