At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, there is metaverse news related to HTC which launched their brand-new Vive XR Elite mixed reality headset, referring to it as a “gateway” to the metaverse.
According to a statement made by Cher Wang, co-founder, and chairperson of HTC, the HTC Vive XR Elite would act as “the ideal physical gateway to the universe of experiences offered by Viverse, our version of the metaverse,”
It has a wide 110-degree field of view, 4K resolution, a refresh rate of 90Hz, directional audio, four wide-field-of-view cameras, and a depth sensor for 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) spatial accuracy. The device costs $1,099 and is a virtual reality headset.
Similar to rival company Meta’s Quest Pro headset, the Vive XR Elite has a full-color RGB passthrough camera with hand-tracking and may be used as a mixed-reality headset.
The headset comes with two controllers that may be used with HTC’s wrist tracker and have hand tracking and capacitive sensing capabilities.
The battery in the gadget can be taken out to convert it into a glasses form factor and is said to give two hours of full XR use when connected to an external power source. The Vive XR Elite’s interchangeable lenses for those who use glasses are a novel feature.
HTC has been open about its plans for the metaverse; the company is collaborating with Lamina1, a layer-1 blockchain created by “Snow Crash” author Neal Stephenson and co-founder of the Bitcoin Foundation Peter Vessenes.
Users will be able to move digital assets like avatars, clothes, and artwork between metaverse platforms thanks to HTC’s usage of Lamina1’s capabilities, which the company said, “enable more efficient cross-world cross-platform asset distribution and management.”
The tech giant also unveiled several metaverse deals at CES 2023, including one with the Taiwanese edition of the fashion magazine ELLE, which will launch a showroom in its Viverse metaverse. In addition, pixiv, a Japanese creator platform, will work with HTC to integrate VRoid’s anime-style avatars into Viverse using the open VRM standard. Warner Music Taiwan will launch a “new music experience world” on Viverse.
The HTC Desire 22 Pro smartphone, released in June 2022, was marketed as a metaverse phone due to its built-in NFT wallet and Viverse integrations. HTC has been open about its metaverse goals.
The Exodus 1 and Exodus 1s smartphones, which come with built-in crypto wallets and the ability to run a complete Bitcoin node, were released in 2018.
Having a Bitcoin node or other blockchain nodes saved on your phone will be trivial in five years, according to Phil Chen, the company’s “chief decentralized officer,” at the time.
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