Something will happen on October 14 at Vive, the brand of virtual reality headsets created by the manufacturer HTC. Mysterious photos were published before the event, but they only show a cylindrical case, as well as the message Go with the Flow.
This is actually the announcement of the Vive Flow virtual reality headset. According to our colleagues at Protocol, this headset intended for the general public would be light and above all autonomous. It would therefore be possible to use it without the need for a computer, unlike the current Vives, which require a powerful PC, but also additional sensors to operate. Documents published by the Bluetooth SIG consortium mention an “all-in-one” product for this device, whose code name is Hue.
If this is the case, this headset is clearly positioned as a competitor of Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2, sold for 349 euros for the 128 GB version and 449 euros for the 256 GB version. According to sources close to the manufacturer cited by Protocol, the HTC’s new headset would be aimed at watching multimedia content and accessing simple games. Thus, it would be sold without a controller and would be less powerful than the Oculus Quest 2. However, it would have sensors to manage 6 degrees of freedom. In other words, it would capture your head movements, but also allow you to move around in virtual reality.
A new virtual universe?
Still according to Protocol, HTC would be in the process of developing a new service called Viveport Verse, announced as a “metaverse” with avatars and the possibility of communicating with other devices (desktop computers, mobile devices) for, for example , attend virtual events or even go sightseeing. Users could even create their own 3D content and share it with their friends. For this, it would rely on the service Hubs de Mozilla. However, Viveport Verse would only be in the early stages of its development and would be far from finalized.
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The announcement of Vive Flow is a change in the strategy of HTC, which already has autonomous headsets, but intended for companies. The manufacturer also offers traditional models, which connect to the PC, for the general public.
The price and characteristics of the Vive Flow are not yet known and we will have to wait until October 14 to find out more.
Source : Protocol