Former CEO of HTC, Peter Chou, who is now the head of XRSpace, is planning to release a new virtual headset later this year called "Mova." This is expected to ship in the third quarter of 2020 for the price tag of $599.

The device includes 5G support, a virtual world called Manova, and a hand-tracking interface. The new virtual reality headset aims to give an immersive experience for a fairly high price.

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Mova Virtual Reality headset

According to The Verge, "The Mova is a self-contained headset that's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. It looks similar to the Oculus Quest or the business-oriented HTC Vive Focus, although it's slicker than either of them and gives users a choice of white or bright orange. It uses two cameras to track users' movement around a room, and its default control system is hand tracking, a feature that's still relatively rare in major VR headsets, although it was just officially added to the Oculus Quest this month. Beyond that, the Mova specs we got in advance of today's official announcement are extremely vague."

Manova does indeed look like the game Second Life just crossed with Facebook's social VR experiments, but the company said the game will contain a bunch of private and public locations, along with homes for individuals to hang out in, or some viewing party spaces where everyone can meet up just like a city center. A place called MagicLohas will be a recreation center for fitness classes and other healthy activities.

Both Manova and Mova are a package deal once purchased. However, XRSpace's virtual world will only available for its own headset and will not be supporting other VR storefronts. The company will also have its very own accessory ecosystem which includes hand controllers and smaller versions of tracking sensors.

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Other companies have failed in launching Manova-like VR worlds in the past

When it comes to older VR worlds that failed in the past, Chou has said, "I think the difference is they designed those things based on the PC first, and then they tried to put it on VR. They don't have a good digital avatar and they don't have a holistic consideration of the mass-market consumer using it." But that's still an iffy bet, especially for a device that costs far more than the highly capable $399 Oculus Quest."

One of the biggest benefits of XRSpace's new VR headset is availability. The company apparently has delayed the launch for at least two months due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. But Chou says they have already started to mass-produce units this month to roll out in Taiwan, following launches across Europe, United States and China.

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