Feeling less than impressed with virtual reality via phone, but don't want to drop the money on a fancy PC rig and high-end headset? HTC's newest device may be for you... if you can get one.
The electronics giant has announced the HTC Link (opens in new tab), a little brother to the high-end HTC Vive. The Link has built-in 1080 x 1200 displays and 90Hz refresh rate, features six-degrees-of-freedom tracking, allowing for greater mobility.
While the HTC Link isn't tethered to a PC, it does require an HTC U11 smartphone for the needed computing power.
The headset is a bridge, of sorts, between top-shelf experiences like the Vive and Oculus Rift and more affordable headsets that rely on a phone for both the display and processing power, like Google's Daydream View and Samsung Gear VR.
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Good luck getting one
HTC hasn't yet announced a price for the Link, making it unclear if it's the cost-effective happy medium between mobile and PC VR that some might be hoping for.
Additionally, the HTC Link is currently a Japan exclusive, so it's also not certain if or when we'll see the in-between VR goggles on the global market, according to Engadget (opens in new tab).
That said, HTC is also hard at work on an entirely different VR headset that doesn't need a PC or a phone due out later this year. The Vive-branded viewer will run on Google's Daydream VR platform, and is part of a standalone headset push by the company.
As such, we won't be surprised if the semi-niche, HTC U11-powered Link sticks to the sidelines to make room for HTC's standalone headset.
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