HTC’s Vive Ecosystem Conference is right around the corner but, before that, the company has big plans for GDC.
The company recently announced that it will host a Vive Developer Day at the event on Monday, March 18th. The event will consist of a full day of panels and workshops surrounding the Vive ecosystem. Most notably, HTC plans to lay out its 2019 road map for developers within a keynote talk. Hopefully that means we’ll get some more details about the company’s new consumer-focused headset, Vive Cosmos. We know it’s coming this year and that it can be powered by more than just a PC, but that’s about all we know.
Elsewhere you can expect talks on working with Viveport, HTC’s VR store, and working with standalone headsets. HTC just revealed its latest standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus Plus, at MWC. It’s more of an enterprise-focused device, though. Interestingly there will also be a talk on hand tracking, a feature we reported was on the way to Vive Pro some time ago.
That’s not all HTC has in store for GDC, though. Viveport is also sponsoring this year’s VR play area, which is open from March 20th – 22nd. Vive’s work in hand tracking will also be on display here as well as eye tracking (which can be seen in the upcoming HTC Vive Pro Eye). Finally, the company will announce the winners of the third annual Viveport Developer Awards on March 18th.
A busy show for HTC, then. In fact, we’re expecting this year’s GDC to be big for VR overall. We’re also hoping for more news on Oculus Quest and the rumored Oculus Rift S as well as new announcements from Valve.