Virtual Reality over Wireless Networks Gaining Momentum in China

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3Q 2018 | IN-5195


HTC and China Mobile to Partner on 5G Virtual Reality (VR) Devices  


Faster and more reliable mobile connection will undoubtedly boost the market demand for standalone VR headsets. At the Mobile World Congress Shanghai (MWCS) 2018, HTC collaborated with China Mobile to launch a 5G Device Forerunner Initiative. The companies aim to advance the development of 5G devices and infrastructure in China as well as push for VR adoption and sales for HTC Vive VR headsets. According to HTC Chairperson Cher Wang, “the proliferation of 5G networks will facilitate new classes of use cases for VR/AR [Augmented Reality] not possible in the past, leading to more rapid mass adoption and more natural interaction models for immersive technologies.”

There is high consumer interest in the standalone VR market in China. HTC’s launch of a China-focused standalone VR Head-Mounted Display (HMD) is likely to accelerate the standalone VR market in China starting this year. ABI Research forecasts that VR HMD shipments for China market will reach 20.5 million units in 2022; 30% will be standalone V…

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