Former HTC CEO unveils XRSpace Mova 5G social VR headset

Former HTC CEO unveils XRSpace Mova 5G social VR headset


Former HTC CEO Peter Chou, who created it VRAfter leaving the company, the business continued to work in the industry, creating a visual effects studio and VR game studio. But in the past three years, the leader has worked on the XRSpace project, which aims to transformuseless, solitary and complex»VR environment. The result is a new VR consumer headset with an intuitive interface and a socially oriented approach.

It’s called the XRSpace Mova and, according to Mr. Chow, is the smallest and lightest standalone VR headset – or XR, as Peter Chow prefers to say. In addition, this is the first such product with 5G. From the side, Mova resembles ski goggles with protruding stereo cameras in front and looks about half as small as the HTC Vive Focus. Mova weighs 470 grams, which is noticeably less than Oculus Quest (571 g) and Focus (695 g). The prototype Engadget reporters met in February was surprisingly lightweight and compact.

The Mova is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip (instead of the 835 used in Focus and Quest), 6 GB of RAM (instead of the usual 4 GB) and a 4600 mAh battery (Quest has 3648 mAh). XRSpace indicates neither the type of display, nor the field of view, but it is known that it offers a smooth refresh rate of 90 Hz and a resolution of 2880 × 1440 with a colossal dot density of 702 dpi. However, questions remain when the device will go on sale.

Mova will come with one controller for gaming purposes, and it is designed to track movements as the main control method. Theoretically, this will reduce the learning barrier for most people, and they are likely to use the headset more often because of its less complex nature. The company wants hand gestures to be the primary means of interaction in its virtual world, Manova.

As soon as the user is in one of the Manova spaces (the company will tell you more about this later), you can use the most common social gestures: shake hands with other players, greet with a gesture, strike with your fist or raise a toast with a glass. You can even grab and throw objects, which means that you can throw hoops or darts with your friends, who are actually far away. There is the possibility of teleportation using the gesture of the index finger.

Since Mova is a 6DoF VR headset, you can walk both physically and virtually. The biggest surprise here is that the cameras here are apparently capable of tracking legs, so the user can play simple games like football with others in virtual reality. You can meet in a small private room, in conference rooms, classes, play mini-games and so on. It sounds intriguing, but we’ll see how it all works in practice.

The opportunity to go to virtual public places is also promised. The user starts from the city center, from there he can visit parks, beaches, nightclubs and movie theaters, spending time with friends or meeting people from all over the world. There will be portals for music, VR-video and VR-games. Partners like AirPano, Insta360, Digital Domain and so on will be responsible for the video. Among the games announced Angry Birds VR, fishing Bait !, mini-golf Futuretown Cloudlands 2 and shooter A-10 VR.

Mova offers the “Space Scan” function, which allows you to turn your room into a virtual space. It is difficult to say how well this will work in practice, but the idea is curious. One of Taiwan’s largest real estate agencies, YC House, has already become interested in the idea and is planning to launch VR tours of its homes in the third quarter. XRSpace also works with furniture sellers and travel agencies to promote this feature: furniture can be viewed in your apartment before making a purchase decision.

There is also a MagicLOHAS function, which is designed for recreational activities in which you can participate with other people in virtual reality. There is yoga, tai chi, meditation, dancing, stretching and even brain training: all this can happen on top of a mountain, by the sea or in a forest. XRSpace has brought in several health experts to add virtual instructors to each session, but users will have to use special body trackers that are sold separately.

XRSpace’s Mova is an ambitious VR headset. Perhaps she will be able to break through virtual reality into the mass market. However, the declared price of $ 599 will clearly interfere with this. Let’s see what happens with XRSpace. In Taiwan, the company will launch its headset with Chunghwa Telecom, while Deutsche Telekom is a partner in the European market.

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