The HTC Vive “Go with the Flow” event is only a couple of days away and so naturally, the company is ramping up the hints regarding what’s going to be shown. While there have been plenty of images displaying what looks like a case, over on HTC Vive’s Instagram the first teasing video has just arrived.
It’s certainly very short and sweet coming in at only a few seconds but it is the best hint yet. There’s not much to go on as you might expect yet you’ll notice the distinct addition of black fabric around the main body. Also noticeable, what seem to be the arms with the Vive logo down the side are hyper extendable, a feature normally seen on sunglasses but not immersive hardware.
Another strong hint at the design came in a couple of new images (one seen below), very reminiscent of HTC’s Project Proton concept that was unveiled in early 2020, “Project Proton is a prototype of a future XR glasses-style device,” HTC said at the time. That concept was actually two devices. One was an all-in-one (AIO) headset with front-facing cameras and a battery housed at the back of the head strap. The other was a more lightweight design that could tether to a PC or phone. Nothing was been heard of either of them since that initial announcement.
It’s already been a big year for HTC Vive with the launch of the Vive Pro 2 and the Vive Focus 3, two headsets aimed at different sectors of the market. Vive Pro 2 is a tethered PC headset focused at the pro-consumer end of the market whilst Vive Focus 3 is an AIO just for enterprise customers. As a report indicated last week, this new device could very well be HTC Vive’s first AIO designed for regular consumers.
The report highlighted recent FCC filings that referred to a “Vive headset” with features including WiFi, Bluetooth, and lithium-ion battery.
The official reveal takes place this Thursday, 14th October at 4 pm BST (11 am EDT) over on vive.com. The special event will also be held in VR on the Engage platform. For further updates on this new device keep reading VRFocus.
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