HTC is continuing its quest to fund promising VR startups, and its latest batch includes a few pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in virtual spaces. The Vive X program is backing 26 companies that include Neurable, the company building a brain control system for the Vive headset — they’ll have help fulfilling their vision of wand-free VR. Other notable investment targets include eLoupes’ light-field based surgery imaging system, QuarkVR’s 4K-per-eye simultaneous video streaming and Wewod’s location-based VR (which has served customers like Disney and Nintendo).
Other startups focus on everything from racing simulators and theme park rides to behind-the-scenes frameworks for multiplayer or VR character animation.
The support brings Vive X’s startup tally to more than 80 companies and gives a better picture of HTC’s strategy. Itwants to get its fingers in as many pies as possible to foster the VR community at large and create a wider audience for its headsets. Some of these startups could wind up supporting the competition as well, but HTC is clearly betting that it’s worth the risk.