HTC Reveals Vive Proton, a Compact Standalone VR Headset Prototype

As if asserting three new Cosmos headsets wasn’t sufficient, HTC at present additionally revealed Vive Proton. The corporate is asking this a “prototype” headset with two totally different flavors: a standalone VR headset and a ‘VR viewer’ which might be powered by a tethered gadget like a smartphone.

HTC supplied up its first glimpse of Vive Proton at present, a brand new VR headset from the corporate which goals for a extra compact kind issue. Few particulars are being supplied at the moment and the corporate is making clear that Proton continues to be in an early state.

“Mission Proton is a prototype of a future a XR glasses-style gadget from HTC Vive that we hope to listen to suggestions on from the group as we proceed to work on the product,” an HTC spokesperson instructed Street to VR.

HTC envisions two variations of Proton, a standalone headset which incorporates its personal processing and battery energy, and smaller ‘VR viewer’ model which might be powered by a number gadget like a smartphone or PC.

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Final yr the corporate teased that its Cosmos headset would ultimately be capable to tether to smartphones, however with no information on that characteristic with at present’s Cosmos bulletins, it looks like it has shifted that idea to Proton as a substitute.

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HTC isn’t providing up any specs or launch date particulars for Proton. From pictures supplied by the corporate we will spot cameras hidden beneath the reflective outer shell which might very probably be used for inside-out monitoring and probably hand-tracking. Granted, solely pc renderings have been proven thus far and it isn’t clear if there’s an precise working prototype simply but.

Although HTC says Proton is a “glasses-style” gadget, it’s nonetheless a lot nearer in measurement to goggles than glasses. That mentioned, it positively seems extra compact than modern VR headsets, together with the corporate’s personal Vive Cosmos. That is probably achieved with ‘pancake’-style optics—just like what we noticed from the compact Pico VR Glasses prototype at CES—which might shorten the space between the lenses and the show (although probably at the price of some area of view).

Talking of the Pico VR Glasses: we had been impressed with the form-factor, however felt that 3DOF monitoring merely isn’t going to chop it in 2020. HTC has confirmed to Street to VR that Proton will assist 6DOF monitoring, in order that’s positively a step in the fitting course for this compact form-factor.

It isn’t clear at this stage when HTC will decide to bringing Vive Proton to market or at what worth level, although the corporate’s prior standalone VR headset, Vive Focus, begins at $600. Ostensibly the tethered model of the headset can be cheaper than the standalone model (due to lack on-board energy and compute).