HTC Announces Vive Ecosystem Conference

by Jamie Feltham • March 17th, 2017

HTC might not have a big western developers conference like Oculus does with Connect, but it’s planning a big show for China in just over a weeks’ time.

The Vive Ecosystem Conference 2017 is set to take place from March 27th – 28th in Shenzhen, China. HTC has told UploadVR that it’s planning some new announcements for the show, though we don’t have any specifics just yet. A keynote speech is set to take place on the first date of the show at 9:00 AM GMT+8 where, according to a rough translation of an invitation, the company will “announce new strategic cooperation and the latest initiatives to build the global VR ecosystem.”

Exactly what that means is up for speculation, but HTC is no stranger to strategic alliances in China and the rest of the world; it setup the VR Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA) to bring together investors to fund VR startups and is working closely with others to establish VR within China. On the ecosystem side, it’s quite possible that we get an update on the new Vive Tracker add-on, which is rolling out to selected developers now and will be on sale soon. Don’t expect big new Vive games and experience to be revealed, then, but there could be some interesting announcements.

The second day of the event looks to be a more educational experience with seminars about the best practices for VR. There will be an experience area too where we’d expect attendees will get hands-on with the latest Vive demos.

We’ve reached out to HTC for more info about the event. We’re not sure if there will be a livestream though, if there is, it’s likely to all be in Chinese. Still, those that like to keep a close eye on the Vive ecosystem will want to pay attention to any news coming out of the event here.

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  • Me

    I’m glad they’re doing at least something, but focusing on China so much has me wondering what their strategy really is…

    • NooYawker

      They’re not getting much done here in the states up against Steam. I’m sure I’m not the only one that decided to uninstall the HTC software. Maybe they have a better chance in China.

      • usherjerksoffsonyfanboys

        Their partners with Steam?

        The main reason the HTC software was created is because Steam isn’t allowed in China.

        • NooYawker

          I didn’t know steam wasn’t allowed in China, if so it’s a smart choice to have HTC build their hardware for them. China’s a huge market.

    • jimrp

      Vr boom over in China.

    • Daniel

      Because they focus a lot on China it makes you wonder what their strategy really it? Where is your logic? Hope you are not one of those brainwashed-by-mainstream-media-and-hate-china guys…

    • towblerone

      Over a billion potential consumers. That’s what.