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Why an HTC Vive Spin-Off Could be a Good Thing

HTC Vive Showcase at CES 2016

For a couple days, the word on the street is that HTC is contemplating the sale of their company, or...the more likely scenario...the sale of the HTC Vive business.  While we've read this rumour before, this author believes that spinning off the HTC Vive business has inherent advantages:

First, the sales expectations are in scale.  It was pure fantasy when HTC thought that the Vive and alternative to smartphone sales would account for 10% of their revenues within a year.  If it did, that would have indicated more of a problem than a benefit.  In contrast, a spun-off company living in its own ecosystem has only its straight profits and market sizes to measure against.  Yes, it can build towards mass market with time; the pressures to unrealistically do so in a spun off company are no longer the same.
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MSI #YesWeBuild Campaign on or Off the Mark?


We really appreciate what MSI is trying to do with this.  Kind of surprised VR wasn't included in the list.  What impressions do you walk away with after watching the video?  Does it speak to you?  Do you think it speaks to others?
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Firefox Activates WebVR by Default!


WebVR is a Javascript platform that makes it possible to code virtual reality experiences through common browsers to run on products like the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Sony PlaytStation VR, Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream, and more.

WebVR Compatibility

Not all browsers are born equal, however!  Mozilla is first out of the gate honoring the spec and turning the WebVR API on by default in the just released Mozilla Firefox browser (version 55+).

According the the Mozilla compatibility table, this Firefox WebVR release runs on both desktop and mobile platforms.

As cool as online virtual reality is, there could be a greater opportunity to be had here.  Could the browsers themselves prove to be strong marketing material to promote the benefits of virtual reality and immersive technology?  Will the addition of the feature help grow the user base?
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