Apparent Leak Unveils HTC Vive Flow, Including Price & Pre-order Date – Road to VR

An obvious leak in HTC’s advertising materials has revealed pictures of the upcoming Vive Movement VR headset forward of its October 14th unveiling. The headset, which is rumored to focus on shoppers with an off-the-cuff strategy to media consumption, is reportedly priced at $500, and mentioned to start pre-orders on October 15th.

Serial leaker ‘evleaks’ launched a trove of pictures final night time which reveal a lot about Vive Movement, though not each reply to the entire burning questions. We haven’t substantiated the photographs under, though they seem like genuine given how they match up with the progressive teases HTC has completed over the previous two weeks.

It seems Vive Movement has onboard processing as stipulated in earlier stories, making it essentially a standalone headset.

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Right here’s a glance inside behind Vive Movement’s mirrored faceplate, which reveals two optical sensors, ostensibly used for 6DOF positional monitoring. If earlier stories will be believed, this will additionally embody hand-tracking capabilities. No movement controller is seen in advertising data, and it was beforehand reported by Protocol that hand-tracking could be the headset’s fundamental enter methodology.

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As a aspect word, that Protocol report additionally maintained Movement’s onboard chipset could be much less highly effective than the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 present in Oculus Quest 2 and Vive Focus three.

Whereas energetic cooling is current, from the photographs it’s not clear the place onboard energy is meant to slot in the entire bundle. On the best temple arm of the headset you may see a cable trailing off, which seems to be a USB Kind-C port, probably for exterior energy.

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A top-down picture displaying off its snap-on facial interface reveals how skinny the show and optics actually are, one thing we’ve stipulated could also be due to the inclusion of ‘pancake’ lenses like we noticed on Pico’s VR glasses prototype at CES 2020. These sometimes shorten the space between show and optics at some discount of discipline of view.

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The one look we get instantly on the lenses reveals it has built-in diopter settings, so near-sighted folks can use the close-fitting headset with out glasses. Twin diopter dials seem to indicate as much as a -6.zero diopter focusing energy.

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It’s nonetheless not clear what HTC is hiding with the cable. The advertising materials reveals telephones that notably aren’t tethered to the headset bodily, and are as a substitute related by way of Bluetooth.

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Among the thriller of enter appears to be revealed within the picture under, which maintains that a consumer’s cellphone can be utilized as a VR controller. This might doubtless be 3DOF enter solely.

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The truth is, a big set of life-style photographs place Vive Movement as a client headset that’s specializing in informal media consumption, and probably productiveness as effectively.

With the tagline “Designed to suit into your life,” Vive Movement is unquestionably taking part in to its compact form-factor, positioning it as on-the-go answer for media consumption.

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The thermos-style carrying case is alleged to return as a free reward when pre-ordered, which is alleged to begin on October 15th, with shipments mentioned to return in early November. The MSRP of $499 USD can also be mentioned to get you seven free VR apps and two months of a service known as ‘Infinity Vista’, which seems like it could be a tuned-down model of Viveport Infinity for the standalone gadget.

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There’s nonetheless lots to find out about Vive Movement. We’ll be watching on October 14th for HTC’s Vive Movement occasion to see what gaps they will fill in. We’re nonetheless ready to listen to about specs and what different capabilities it could have, which can higher justify its $500 price ticket to shoppers.

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