A report from Protocol, citing undisclosed “firm paperwork” from HTC, claims that the corporate will reveal two new headsets through the VIVECON occasion subsequent week: Vive Focus Three and Vive Professional 2.
Following HTC’s teases in regards to 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 website Alzashop, apparently now eliminated. The report says the listings indicated each headsets might launch by Could 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 by means of comparable listings previously haven’t all the time been proper in regards to the worth or launch date.
Street to VR has reached out to HTC for touch upon the Protocol report.
At a minimal, the data sounds smart. Vive Focus is HTC’s standalone headset line. Whereas the corporate by no means formally launched a ‘Vive Focus 2’, it might merely be contemplating the Vive Focus Plus sufficient of a sequel to the unique to leap to a Vive Focus 3.
The declare of a Vive Professional 2 is attention-grabbing, 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 powerful time competing with the newest technology of headsets. A Vive Professional 2 might 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 appropriate, we bought our first clear glimpse of one in all these two headsets from HTC earlier this week:
In each circumstances 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, many 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 essential promoting level, and we’d hope to see a aggressive providing from HTC.
It appears we’ll know a technique or one other quickly sufficient, as HTC is anticipated to announce its new headsets on Could 11th subsequent week throughout its Vivecon occasion.