XRSpace announces world’s first 5G headset and looks forward to upgrade our social experience
XRSpace’s Peter Chou believes 5G will usher in “the social reality of the future”.
HTC’s Old CPeter Chou, ex-CEO and co-founder of Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC, has some bold opinions regarding the future of VR technology. According to Chou, who now serves as the head of Taiwanese VR development company XRSpace, the introduction of 5G connectivity will serve as a major turning point for VR, similar to how smartphone technology took off with the release of the original iPhone over a decade ago.
“This is a very exciting time because 5G is coming,” stated Chou during an interview with ZDNet. “There is a chance that 5G will make the experience of VR much more relevant to consumers. We are trying to make the overall experience more mature, so that it appeals to a mass market.”
Alongside a new Mova VR headset , XRSpace unveiled a virtual world called Manova – a digital realm where people can meet to socialize, to be entertained, to be educated, and more. Considering much of the global population is currently indoors for a lot of the day, the timing couldn’t be better.
VR worlds have of course been created before, but the XRSpace team is hoping that it can create an experience that’s more compelling and interactive than anything that’s available at the moment. It might just be the “killer app” that moves virtual reality into the mainstream at last.
“During this global lockdown, we all witnessed first-hand the importance of togetherness,” XRSpace’s Sting Tao said in a press statement. “In the XRSpace Manova, we’ve created a lifelike digital avatar, social gestures and plenty of places where people can be together, experience everyday social situations without the limits of distance.
“We will bring human interaction and communication to a new level beyond texts, emojis, and 2D videos. We are glad that we can deliver that much-needed human intimacy, helping the world adapt to the new normal with our wonderful products.”
The idea is that you’ll be able to do just about anything in Manova: exercise, dance, hang out, learn, catch a movie, hold office meetings, relax down by the beach, and so on. It’s an appealing concept, but then the thought of escaping to a separate world has always had appeal, it’s the execution that counts.
To help VR wanderers find their way around Manova, XRSpace has also launched the Mova headset. It’s wireless and standalone, so you don’t need to attach it to a computer to get up and running. The powerful Snapdragon 845 mobile processor is running everything, so smartphone-level graphics should be guaranteed at least.
Another feature worth noting is hand tracking, something that was recently added to the Oculus Quest. Using cameras on board, the Mova knows where your hands are and what you’re trying to interact with, so there’s no need for any controllers or external trackers.
What’s more, the headset can connect to 5G, LTE, and Wi-Fi networks, so you should be able to get online from just about anywhere (though we wouldn’t recommend loading up a separate VR world while walking down the street).
All of this is still “coming soon” though, as far as consumers are concerned. The Mova headset is slated for a launch in the third quarter of this year, with a price tag of US$599. Developer kits are being made available from now though, so app makers can start exploring the potential of Manova.