No Vive 2 At CES, HTC Confirms

by Ian Hamilton • December 28th, 2016

I’d wager most people who bought the HTC Vive love the unit but wish a new version would bring key improvements. A slimmer design and lighter cord, a better fit for the face and more ergonomic controllers without hard-to-reach grip buttons are all near the top of the early adopter wish list.

HTC relies on Valve’s lighthouse tracking technology to make the Vive and its controllers work. Earlier this year, Valve opened up that technology to a wide range of partners. While none of these partners have officially announced products compatible with this SteamVR Tracking technology yet, early buyers are anxious because future headsets and accessories could be lower cost if you already have the VR tracking system installed.

This means anticipation is high for CES next week. Really high. The event, spread across Las Vegas, is one of the world’s biggest consumer electronics conferences. Last year, HTC used CES to offer a first hands-on demo with the Vive Pre developer kits, giving early adopters their first look at what consumer room-scale VR looks like. Given this anticipation, rumors have been circling that HTC is set to reveal the next iteration of its Vive VR headset at CES. To put it plainly: they’re not true.

HTC confirmed to UploadVR that it will not be announcing a “Vive 2” at this year’s show.

“There is no truth to the rumor of launching Vive 2 at CES 2017,” the official statement from HTC reads. “At Vive, we are laser focused on building out a strong and growing ecosystem for current and future Vive owners so they can experience the best room-scale VR with the most compelling content available.”

It is also worth noting that, while we expect major announcements and VR-related reveals next week, Oculus is not listed as an exhibitor at CES this year. Facebook is, but there is no booth listed. Last year at CES Oculus had a very large booth on the show floor at the Las Vegas Convention Center. That doesn’t appear to be the case this time around. It makes sense on multiple levels, given that Facebook seems to be absorbing the Oculus brand, and they just shipped Oculus Touch a couple of weeks ago. CES isn’t really necessary for Facebook because if you want to check out their latest VR efforts you can go into one of hundreds of stores around the country for a demo of the Oculus Rift.

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  • Tom Daigon

    No surprise to me….But sure looking forward to TPCast….

  • Joan Villora Jofré

    I Hope it’s just a 28 December Joke.

    • Squishygiblets

      What is ?

      • Joan Villora Jofré

        In Spain today is a day for all kinds of Jokes. Even in the news.

        • Smokey_the_Bear

          Like April fools day?

          • Joan Villora Jofré

            Yes

  • Chris Orris

    Very interesting about the lack of Oculus booth at CES. Honestly I think that should be its own story.

    In my mind it’s way too early for the Facebook brand to absorb Oculus. The Oculus brand is seen as way more innovative and exciting. People who don’t pay attention to VR have heard of Oculus and haven’t heard of other brands. It’d be silly to give up that advantage.

    • Get Schwifty!

      The problem with Oculus (and I own a Rift+Touch setup) is they were a bit naive… HTC desperately needed to recover their position in the market, and sunk their focus into VR. Oculus was sort of a bunch of very intelligent guys playing with tech, thinking they were at the forefront (which they were) but with little business acumen. Along comes Facebook, sensing the impact AR/VR will have in conjunction with Social Media, buys them up, and this created lag as they were absorbed and I think with social media emphasis created a blurred focus. Their support is not great either, and they just don’t seem to get that constant announcements to generate interest which HTC undoubtedly learned from the phone market is necessary in cutting edge tech these days.

      But in short, I agree completely…. its unforgivable for Oculus to not have something going on at CES each and every year.

  • Mourz

    Where can you demo an occulus rift around the country? I know you can widely demo the Vive, but can’t find anywhere to demo a rift. (besides from my friends who regret it and have since bought a Vive and are trying to push theirs on me…)

    Thanks

    • Squishygiblets

      Best Buy.

      • Mourz

        Thanks, I had no idea and I follow this space closely! Will let people know who are looking to compare.

    • Michael Davidson

      I own both and regret neither. The touch provides vastly better “hand” presence and are more “ergonomic” than the Vive’s wands, but the Vive has a better tracking system. In any case, I use both and am satisfied with my purchases.

  • tom

    what about the htc U event less then 1 week after CES? that is still a possibility (“There is no truth to the rumor of launching Vive 2 at CES 2017,” the official statement from HTC reads. “) what a about anytime soon that is not CES well that is still on lol

  • polysix

    couldn’t care less about foculus frankly, they lost me long ago with their BS. Am disappointed about no Vive 2 though. I’ve been waiting for this since selling my Vive 1 (and dk2) as neither Vive nor Rift CV1 are ‘good enough’ for the money and are woefully clunky (esp vive).

    This VR train is going too slow for my liking, baring in mind I’ve been on the brink of ‘near perfect VR’ since 2013? when rift dks popped up, that never happened. In fact CV1 was a couple steps back from DK2 in key areas. Vive is great but has tons of flaws too.

    Feels a bit like they are both milking the crowd now tbh and if they don’t watch it the market will give up on this early tech entirely and wait another 5 years. Releasing Vive 2 with those rumored specs would have been the massive injection core/pc VR needs asap before we spend our cash elsewhere.

    • Pistol Pete

      I bet you miss your Vive though.

    • CaptainHappy

      At the same time you don’t want to annoy everyone that bought the CV1 and Vive. That’s too much unsubsidised expense to renew each year.

      At this point we don’t need more hardware, we need more software to make use of the hardware available.

      Oculus, HTC and Valve need to focus on getting great software out there.

    • Dave

      Oculus and Vive hardware is fine, in that it’s offers a unique experience at a level that can be enjoyed. +CaptainHappyis right. Software is the issue and needs to mature. But my Rift, I love it and so does the family.

  • craylon

    I am ok with that. I’d rather have a higher resolution, eye tracking vive in 2018 then a slightly improved vive in 2017.
    But maybe in 2017 we will see the commercial release of the controller prototype

  • This announce does not mean that they will not actually do it. Business is also made on lies 🙂
    But I think that they will not announce it (as I’ve written in my blog post some days ago…), because they’re still trying to sell Vive 1 and if Vive 2 would be announced, they will not buy Vive 1 until Vive 2 is out and that’s bad. But I think that they’ll announce new controllers, that will be compatible with Vive1 and the Vive2

  • REP

    Vive 1 resolution is not up to par with the rest of the experience, so they need Vive 2 to come out as quickly as possible.