Every manufacturer worth its salt is entering the VR market one way or another, but very few have managed to impress us like HTC did with the Vive VR headset. This system is very special, and you can bet the Taiwanese manufacturer is putting a lot of time and effort into it. So much that HTC CEO Peter Chou is getting a second gig just to gain more knowledge in digital production.
Peter Chou is to join Digital Domain as an executive director, effective August 30th. This company has been behind the digital production of popular movies, such as Iron Man 3, Tron: Legacy and Her. They are also responsible for animations in famous games like Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Destiny and others. When it comes to digital production, these guys sure know what they are doing.
The idea is to bring some technical knowledge on VR to HTC, as it is a market the Taiwanese manufacturer has no true experience on. The HTC Vive is already an impressive VR headset, so we can’t wait to see what it’s like after the finalized product hits the store shelves. The commercial release is not expected until next year, though, so we won’t see any this move bearing any fruits soon.
As it stands, the HTC Vive is one of the most exciting VR headsets thanks to its location-aware technology, which uses a bevy of sensors and wall-mounted lasers. While other headsets only allow users to look up, down, left and right, the HTC Vive has you walking around things, effectively granting full immersion. It’s hard to efficiently convey this experience – you just need to try it.
More details will surely come in due time, so let’s keep calm and have Peter Chou do his thing for a while.