“Immersive glasses”, that’s how HTC describes the Vive Flow, its new particularly light virtual reality headset. According to the company, this headset without controllers was designed for watching multimedia content, meditating, and working.
It is first and foremost a question ofand not augmented reality. The device incorporates two 2.1-inch LCD displays, with a resolution of 1,600 x 1,600 pixels for each . It offers a 100 degree field of view with a refresh rate of 75 . On this point, it is a bit below other virtual reality headsets, including the from HTC, which most commonly have a field of view of 110 to 120 degrees and a refresh rate of 90 to 120 hertz.
A VR headset that requires an Android smartphone
the Vive Flow is an all-in-one device that does not need to be connected to a. It is equipped with a Qualcomm XR1 chip and 64 gigabytes of storage. The only other stand-alone currently on the consumer market is the , which is based on the newer Qualcomm XR2 chip. The main asset of Vive Flow is to be much less bulky than the competition and to weigh only 189 grams, just over a third of the weight of theOculus Quest 2 (503 grams).
This helmet istherefore like glasses, without requiring a strap. It incorporates two cameras for monitoring and requires an external battery, which partly explains its weight and small size. This is a good idea, as the weight of classic VR headsets can get tiring quickly.
The video presentation of the Vive Flow. © HTC
A VR headset for multimedia, meditation and work
With this device, HTC seems to want to find a new market for virtual reality. Without controllers, it cannot play popular games like Beat Saber Where Population One. It is intended rather for a, as well for video content in 180 or 360 degrees and / or stereoscopic, as for viewing films in 2D, projected on a giant virtual screen. Thanks to its small size, the Vive Flow can be used anywhere: on the couch, in bed, or even in public places or on the plane. HTC also highlights the immersive for or social spaces in virtual reality, as well as for work and virtual meetings.
The device comes without controllers and at the moment the headset must be connected wirelessly to a smartphone. This serves as a remote control and it is possible to project the screen in the virtual space. Compatibility with could arrive later, but for now the owners of will have to ignore this helmet. HTC has also indicated that the headset could integrate hand tracking in the future, but that is not for now. the Vive Flow is available for pre-order at 549 euros, which is still 200 euros more than , with a shipment scheduled from November 2.