HTC, Micro-Star to demonstrate VR efforts at Tokyo Game Show

Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC Corp. (???) and Taiwanese PC brand Micro-Star International Co. (??) will team up to demonstrate their efforts in virtual reality development at the upcoming 2016 Tokyo Game Show, Micro-Star said Monday.

At the Tokyo Game Show, which will be held Sept. 15-18, Micro-Star will introduce its VR One, the PC brand called the world's lightest VR backpack PC, which will support the HTC Vive, the first VR headset launched by HTC.

Micro-Star said that the VR One, with a weight of only 3.6 kilograms, is expected to render greater mobility and freedom for VR gaming, adding that the new VR PC, which sports two battery packs for 1.5 hours of non-stop use, will give HTC Vive users better VR gaming experiences.

The HTC Vive is one of HTC's gambits to diversify from its core smartphone market, which is saturated and intensely competitive.

Jointly developed by HTC and U.S. video game supplier Valve, the HTC Vive was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) show in March 2015. The headset is equipped with tracked controllers that allow wearers to inspect objects from every angle and interact with their surroundings.

The VR headset has gone on global sale and Japan has been targeted by HTC as one of the most important markets in the world. HTC said that the company and Micro-Star will launch a special sales package that will bundle the HTC Vive with the VR One in the Japanese market, and sales of the new package will be available from Micro-Star's Japanese distributors in early October.

The VR One is scheduled to hit store shelves in Taiwan by the end of October, with a price tag of NT$69,900 (US$2,205), Micro-Star said.

In addition to the VR One, Micro-Star will also launch several high-efficiency gaming notebook models to accompany the presence of the HTC Vive at the Tokyo Game Show.

Micro-Star is one of HTC's strategic partners in global VR development. HTC is planning to introduce a series of content for the HTC Vive after working with game developer Square Enix, Japanese telecom operator KDDI and many others.

HTC will display its VR devices in a special pavilion set up by the Tokyo Game Show to showcase VR gadgets from international brands.

According to HTC, the number of visitors to its VR booth is expected to top 100,000 during the four-day show.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel