Acer teams up with HTC, other high-tech giants, to form VR group

Taiwan-based PC brand Acer Inc. (??) said Thursday that it has teamed up with Taiwanese smartphone vendor HTC Corp. (???) and several other high-tech giants around the world to set up a virtual reality association in hopes that their efforts will facilitate the pace of development of the VR industry.

In a joint statement, Acer said that its subsidiary Acer Starbreeze, HTC's HTC Vive, Google, Facebook's Oculus, Samsung Electronics Co. and Sony Corp.'s Sony Interactive Entertainment have established the non-profit Global Virtual Reality Association (GVRA).

Acer said that the GVRA is expected to "develop and share best practices for the industry and foster dialogue between public and private stakeholders around the world."

Acer is one of the Taiwanese high-tech firms that have made inroads into the VR business in a bid to seek alternative revenue at a time when the global PC market has been slow.

It is already shipping its StarVR headset, which it developed jointly with Swedish game company Starbreeze AB.

Jerry Kao (???), CEO of Acerbreeze, said it is time for VR technology developers to work together in a bid to lay a solid foundation for the industry, as the business is at a critical moment for takeoff.

Kao said that Acer hopes that the StarVR headset and the signature VR devices of other developers will help the global VR industry move forward.

For its part, HTC's first VR headset -- the HTC Vive -- went on global sale in March 2016. The Vive, jointly developed by HTC and U.S. video game supplier Valve, is one of HTC's gambits to diversify from its core smartphone market in the hope of generating a new revenue stream to turn around its money-losing business.

Echoing Kao, the GVRA said in the statement that members of the group "will develop and share best practices, do research, and bring the international VR community together as the technology progresses."

The GVRA said the association is expected to serve as a resource for consumers, policymakers and industry interested in VR development. It said that VR has the potential to become the next-generation computing platform, while the technology is expected to improve a wide range of sectors, including education and healthcare, which will make a great contribution to the global economy.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel