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Vive Cosmos Elite headset is getting a standalone release

Vive Cosmos Elite headset is getting a standalone release

The Vive Cosmos Elite is HTC's latest and greatest VR headset, but it's only available in a bundle with two Vive Base Stations and two Vive Controllers. At $900, that bundle costs a significant amount of money, and it more or less becomes cost-prohibitive for current Vive owners who might only want to upgrade their headsets. Good news: the Vive Cosmos Elite headset will soon be offered on its own, making it less expensive for existing Vive users to upgrade.

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Apple AR/VR headset controller test device leaked

Apple AR/VR headset controller test device leaked

Today we're looking at what's likely an internal testing device made by Apple for the near-future release of AR/VR experiences aplenty. This isn't the first we've seen of this sort of hardware - it's not particularly unlike hardware used by HTC and Oculus/Facebook for their own VR headsets. This new leaked look at Apple hardware is almost certainly meant for internal testing only, as it has a certain... unrefined sort of look.

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HTC VIVE Cosmo Elite pre-orders begin, shipping next month

HTC VIVE Cosmo Elite pre-orders begin, shipping next month

HTC may be struggling in its mobile business but, at least for now, it is still one of the leaders in the virtual reality market. Next to or even co-equal with pioneer Oculus, the HTC VIVE continues to be a household name in that market and the Taiwanese company seems pretty intent on keeping it that way. Almost mirroring its old strategy with smartphones, HTC is launching more and more VR headsets, starting with the Cosmos Elite today.

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HTC promises to launch some 5G phone sometime this year

HTC promises to launch some 5G phone sometime this year

Nokia (at least the original company) and BlackBerry have bowed out of the mobile rat race but some pioneers like Motorola, Sony, and HTC refuse to call it quits. The latter, however, is in a bit of a bind because of the limited businesses it has outside of smartphones, VR, and a bit of networking hardware. Throughout its rocky recent history, the company has promised to keep on launching phones and its current CEO reiterates that promise but conveniently leaves out the details on how exactly they plan on succeeding when everything else has failed.

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HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

HTC Project Proton: VIVE XR glasses-style devices with Matrix aesthetic

The future is slightly cooler than the present, according to a pair of prototype devices revealed today by HTC. This is HTC Project Proton, a prototype (a pair of prototypes) for "XR glasses-style" devices "from HTC Vive." Specs are forthcoming, but we've got some imagery of both different sorts of device. These prototypes were made specifically to gather public opinion well in advance of production.

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HTC unveils Vive Cosmos Play and Cosmos Elite VR headsets

HTC unveils Vive Cosmos Play and Cosmos Elite VR headsets

HTC has taken the wraps off its expanded Vive Cosmos VR headset product family, introducing new models to compete with the Oculus Rift S and its relatively low price tag. The new lineup features the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite, Cosmos XR, and Cosmos Play models, as well as modular faceplates for the front of the headsets. These offerings join the existing HTV Vive Cosmos model, which is priced at hefty $699 USD.

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HTC Elevate program’s demise could be another sign of what’s to come

HTC Elevate program’s demise could be another sign of what’s to come

Each brand has its own group of loyal fans and customers but, sometimes, smaller brands have the advantage of being able to connect and build a relationship with that group on a more personal level. Back at the height of its popularity, HTC was one such brand that wanted to have a special and exclusive place for true fans. Now that place has shut down and its timing right after news of the company's dismal 2019 earnings only adds fodder to rumors of its own inevitable demise.

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HTC 2019 revenue continues downward spiral, worth 2 weeks of AirPods sales

HTC 2019 revenue continues downward spiral, worth 2 weeks of AirPods sales

HTC was the first to come out with an Android phone but even before that, it was already one of the top smartphone makers even before the word smartphone came to be. Along with Motorola and, to some extent Sony (back when there was a Sony Ericsson), it is one of the oldest phone makers still in business today. That, however, may not last long if its recent financial disclosure is anything to go by, revealing a decline that has been ongoing for eight street years now without any signs of stopping.

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Classic HTC phone could be ailing company’s next big attempt

Classic HTC phone could be ailing company’s next big attempt

When you're no longer able to keep up with the fast-paced cutthroat smartphone market, it seems that the next big bet would be to try to remind the world of the legacy you created. Nostalgia, after all, is a very strong emotion and has recently proven to be quite profitable, too. That may be the appeal that HTC will try to make if it does come around to reviving a classic phone, perhaps inspired by the media frenzy around the new foldable Motorola Razr.

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HTC Exodus 1s brings full bitcoin node support and hardware wallet

HTC Exodus 1s brings full bitcoin node support and hardware wallet

Following a teaser about it earlier this year, HTC has officially released its new Exodus 1s, a smartphone it claims can run a full Bitcoin node. The device is billed as a 'cryptophone,' one targeted at cryptocurrency enthusiasts who want to merge their favorite obsession with their handset. The model also features a hardware wallet that's isolated from the operating system for storing crypto coins.

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HTC to return to premium phones after shunning mobile innovation for VR

HTC to return to premium phones after shunning mobile innovation for VR

It may have been the first to come out with an Android phone but HTC not barely makes a mark in charts and market analyses. The smartphone maker, now also XR company, has long been in trouble and has equally been predicted to soon fold its mobile business completely. Last month, however, brought a change of head with former Orange executive Yves Maitres taking over the predominantly Taiwanese company. And almost mirroring his predecessor's dramatic 2015 apology, Maitres is admitting to the company's error, along with a commitment to the brand's return to making high-end phones.

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HTC Vive Cosmos VR headset pre-orders now available, first mod revealed

HTC Vive Cosmos VR headset pre-orders now available, first mod revealed

Despite and in spite of its struggles in the smartphone market, HTC has found some light at the end of its dark tunnel thanks to its Vive VR reality platform. It rivals Oculus in the tight VR market and is now trying to gain a lead with the new Cosmos system. Instead of aiming for a standalone headset like the previous Vive Focus, HTC is now envisioning a future-proof platform thanks to a modular system that HTC promises will grow with the user.

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