HTC is Teasing New VR Hardware in Cryptic Tweets – Road to VR

A collection of cryptic tweets with teasing imagery have dropped on the official HTC Vive account within the final week, however what do they level to?

It’s been a 12 months since we’ve seen new from HTC. It was again in March of 2020 that the corporate launched Vive Cosmos Elite, a variant of the Cosmos headset with SteamVR Monitoring. The corporate was additionally planning to launch different variants of the headset, Cosmos Play and Cosmos XR, however went quiet about these variants not lengthy after their announcement, apparently in a change of product technique.

Now, a 12 months later, the corporate is teasing one thing new, however we’re unsure it’s a brand new headset simply but. Right here’s a glance:

Categorical your self.

— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) March eight, 2021

Curiously within the picture above, Twitter consumer Nikolaj Stausbøl noticed a tiny date hiding in plain sight, which seems to learn “three/10/21.” We confirmed that the date exists within the authentic picture, which you’ll be able to see enlarged under.

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Additionally fascinating in regards to the picture is that it seems to be to be a recognized gadget—the Vive mouth-tracking improvement package, as Twitter consumer OXIOXI identified, which has been within the arms of builders since no less than the center of 2020. The phrase “categorical your self” within the authentic tweet appears to verify this additional.

HTC is Teasing New VR in Cryptic Tweets – Highway to VR 14Picture courtesy Matt Workman

Whereas HTC might simply be needlessly teasing a tool that’s already on the market, it appears extra doubtless that the corporate may need an upgraded model of the mouth-tracker in improvement, presumably one geared toward fanatic VR customers.

That’s not the one teaser picture. The corporate additionally tweeted this one:

It is your transfer.

— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) March four, 2021

Curiously this picture additionally could be referencing a recognized gadget… the Vive Tracker, HTC’s SteamVR Monitoring peripheral which can be utilized to trace extra objects or limbs in VR.

The present Vive Tracker has a Vive brand on the very heart which doubles as a button to interface with the gadget (that is the one Vive product we’re conscious of that makes use of the brand on this means).

HTC is Teasing New VR in Cryptic Tweets – Highway to VR 15Picture courtesy HTC

Maybe we’re studying somewhat too far into it, however brand within the teaser picture clearly seems raised, and appears a very good bit prefer it may very well be a button as properly. That makes us assume we’re both a brand new model of the Vive Tracker, or HTC is increasing the usage of the logo-button trope.

There’s different clues nonetheless, together with a tweet asking customers, “what would you do with 70% extra vitality?” with no different context.

What would you do with 70% extra vitality?

— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) March 5, 2021

Mixed with the phrase “it’s your transfer,” and several other different tweets from the account highlighting dancers in VR (lots of whom are utilizing Vive Trackers to trace their ft), it looks as if the corporate is likely to be pointing towards a brand new Vive Tracker with higher battery life.

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Curiously, these tweets don’t appear to be speaking about issues we already know the corporate is engaged on. Like a brand new model of its Vive Focus headset with an XR2 processor, which was noticed final 12 months. Nor does it look like teasing the Vive Proton, a prototype standalone VR headset that the corporate revealed in early 2020.

HTC is Teasing New VR in Cryptic Tweets – Highway to VR 16Vive Proton prototype renders | Picture courtesy HTC

If the date in hidden within the tweet additional above is something to go by, we may very well be attributable to see a full reveal (or no less than some extra teasing) come Wednesday.

What are your greatest guesses about what HTC is teasing? Tell us within the feedback under.

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