HTC is launching a mobile VR device this year

HTC is launching a mobile VR device this year

Putting its phones into a virtual reality headset isn't something you've been able to do despite the Vive hardware being around for a couple of years.

Created to be used in conjunction with its brand new flagship smartphone HTC U Ultra, the VR headset will have mobile at its heart and be a challenger for those products at the cheaper end of the market.

HTC recently confirmed that it will begin to sell a mobile VR product before the end of the year. "It'd be a different thing".

While the company did not make the best revenue breakthrough in its latest quarterly results, there are signs that it is healing from the wounds of flat sales during the second half of 2016 and a almost 80 percent profit drop ahead of the flagship HTC 10 debut earlier in May.

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Speculating about what HTC's mobile virtual reality solution might be like, we can assume from its mention of U Ultra support that it will still use the phone itself as the VR display. In its Q4 2016 earnings report outlined earlier today, the company saddled net losses of $100.49 million with operating losses of NT$118 million / $3.84 million, representing its seventh consecutive loss on record since the spring of 2015.

The HTC Vive will remain as HTC's high-end product, meanwhile this mobile headset will target a lower-end market.

The new device would likely compete with the Samsung Gear VR as well as the Google Daydream View. Exactly how it will do that, however, remains to be seen.

The company said its new smartphone models launched in the fourth quarter had been well received, as it continued to build the HTC VIVE virtual reality system - including opening the first VIVE-based arcade in Taipei.