Wang’s confirmation comes from statements released to The Telegraph, which detail the Chinese company’s choice to refocus on the emerging VR market and away from the smartphone production, saying the company was now “more realistic”.
“Yes, smartphones are important, but to create a natural extension to other connected devices like wearables and virtual reality is more important,” Wang reiterated.
HTC said in December that it planned to start shipping units of the virtual reality headset in April, with online sales of the unit planned for the end of the year. HTC’s release schedule was then re-assessed later that month, citing a “very big technological breakthrough” as the reason.
The Vive’s price point is still unknown, but with pre-orders opening in a just over a month conformation won’t be far away.