A report from Protocol, citing undisclosed “firm paperwork” from HTC, claims that the corporate will reveal two new headsets throughout the VIVECON occasion subsequent week: Vive Focus three and Vive Professional 2.
Following HTC’s teases concerning the upcoming reveal of “game-changing VR headsets,” Protocol claims the corporate plans to disclose the Vive Focus three Enterprise Version and Vive Professional 2 headsets. The publication cites “firm paperwork,” and sightings of the headsets on the European ecommerce web site Alzashop, apparently now eliminated. The report says the listings indicated each headsets may launch by Might 20th.
Pricing was additionally proven on the listings, with the Vive Focus three set at €1,474 ($1,771), and the Vive Professional 2 at €842 ($1,012), although headsets leaked via comparable listings up to now haven’t all the time been proper concerning the worth or launch date.
Highway to VR has reached out to HTC for touch upon the Protocol report.
At a minimal, the data sounds wise. Vive Focus is HTC’s standalone headset line. Whereas the corporate by no means formally launched a ‘Vive Focus 2’, it could merely be contemplating the Vive Focus Plus sufficient of a sequel to the unique to leap to a Vive Focus three.
The declare of a Vive Professional 2 is fascinating, and will mark a reversal for HTC. The corporate was distancing itself from its Vive Professional PC VR headsets in favor of Vive Cosmos, although Cosmos has had a really robust time competing with the newest era of headsets. A Vive Professional 2 may sign that HTC is leaning again into the SteamVR ecosystem (whereas Vive Cosmos was the primary PC VR headset from the corporate with its personal inside-out monitoring system).
If the Protocol report is right, we obtained our first clear glimpse of one in every of these two headsets from HTC earlier this week:
In each instances we’d be curious to know what HTC will do on the controller entrance. Vive Focus Plus used ultrasonic controllers that weren’t properly regarded by way of monitoring efficiency. In the meantime, a lot of the firm’s PC VR headsets have relied on the fairly dated Vive ‘wand’ controllers. Even when the headsets are nice, the controllers are an vital promoting level, and we’d hope to see a aggressive providing from HTC.
It appears we’ll know a method or one other quickly sufficient, as HTC is predicted to announce its new headsets on Might 11th subsequent week throughout its Vivecon occasion.
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