HTC Discontinuing Vive Pro and Vive Focus in Favor of Newer Iterations

HTC is discontinuing its Vive Professional and Vive Focus headsets in favor of newer variations of the headsets. The change helps streamline the corporate’s smattering of headsets.

In a latest opinion piece I argued that HTC’s VR headset lineup, which had reached 11 totally different packages, had become a complicated array of choices. Once we reached out to the corporate for its tackle the critique, it shared that a number of headsets are being discontinued. Whereas this doesn’t do a lot to assist Cosmos’ messy modular choices, it stands to deliver a bit extra order to the general lineup.

HTC’s Vive Professional, which the corporate first launched again in 2018, is being discontinued in favor of the newer Vive Professional Eye, which is successfully the identical headset however with eye-tracking.

The unique Vive Professional was supplied in three totally different packages—the Starter Equipment, Full Equipment, and McLaren Restricted Version—that are being phased-out as the corporate sells by means of remaining inventory. They are going to be outdated by three packages: Vive Professional Eye Full Equipment, Vive Professional Eye Workplace, and Vive Professional Eye Workplace Area (extra particulars on these new Vive Professional Eye packages right here).

Whereas this transfer doesn’t truly scale back the depend of packages supplied, it provides readability to which merchandise the corporate intends for enterprise and that are for shoppers. Whereas the Vive Professional was very like the unique Vive however with higher shows and a greater headstrap out of the field, eye-tracking on Vive Professional Eye is a transparent differentiating characteristic because it isn’t out there in any main client headset so far, and doesn’t provide a lot worth to shoppers presently as a result of eye-tracking hasn’t seen adoption within the client VR house simply but.

Similar goes for the included SteamVR Monitoring base stations which supply extra worth than base stations to enterprise customers in comparison with most shoppers; whereas the Vive Professional had been bought in a pseudo-consumer package deal for $900 with base stations, all variations of Vive Professional Eye are priced above $1,000 and embrace base stations, serving to extra clearly focus the corporate’s enterprise lineup.

Talking of focus, HTC can also be pruning the unique Vive Focus from its lineup in favor of the Vive Focus Plus. Vive Focus is the corporate’s $600 enterprise-focused standalone headset, but it surely launched considerably awkwardly with out 6DOF controllers. The corporate shortly adopted up with the Vive Focus Plus which added 6DOF controllers out of the field for $800.

6DOF monitoring on head and controllers has largely turn into an expectation for contemporary VR headsets, whether or not tethered or standalone, so it is sensible to place the unique Vive Focus to relaxation. Nonetheless, HTC advised us that it’ll proceed to supply Vive Focus in customized offers to enterprises for whom the headset might nonetheless be the perfect match.

Moreover, whereas the corporate had introduced the discontinuation of its unique Vive headset some time again, it had continued to market and promote a licensed pre-owned package deal of the headset for a while. Current updates to the corporate’s web site seem to have now eliminated the unique Vive completely, additional streamlining HTC’s headset lineup.

It’s going to take a while till these lineup modifications are totally mirrored within the firm’s advertising and marketing, however right here’s what it ought to look line as soon as full: