HTC Vive Pro 2 And standalone VR headset Vive Focus 3 introduced. HTC introduced two virtual reality headsets at its Vivecon event on Tuesday. These were the business-oriented Vive Focus 3 and the PCVR HTC Vive Pro 2, described as “best in class”. Unfortunately, we haven’t seen a product yet that could rival Oculus Quest 2. Despite this, the newly introduced models also look very interesting.
HTC Vive Pro 2
HTC Vive Pro 2 seems to delight many fans of the original HTC Vive headset. The company seems to be returning to its roots based on the idea of creating the best VR devices for PC gamers and business users alike.
At first glance, you might think that the company has regained the same title as the HTC Vive Pro 2 looks so like its predecessor. The original HTC Vive Pro was already a beautifully crafted headset. Therefore, it is not surprising that the company has adopted the same design. It continues to make progress on this basis.
The result is a VR headset with the highest resolution yet with a total of 4896 x 2448 pixels (compared to 2880 x 1600 pixels on the original Vive Pro) and a display that qualifies as “best in class”. This display uses a fast switching LCD IPS panel and a dual-stack lens design that uses two lenses (for each eye) that refocus the image for a wider field of view.
This allows HTC to provide a “real” 120 degree field of view, giving users a wider field of view than other headsets and a more realistic view of the world around them.
The high pixel count, along with the LCD panel and RGB sub-pixel mean it HTC Vive Pro 2 has almost no screen gap effects and offers some of the most impressive images to date. This comes at a price, as you definitely need a solid slot machine to play the title in this high definition.
However, HTC says it is working with Nvidia and AMD on the “Display Stream Compression” technique. This means that HTC Vive Pro 2 can run on older machines via DisplayPort 1.2. If your computer can run the original Vive Pro, it can HTC Vive Pro 2although maybe not at the maximum resolution and refresh rate.
Other highlights of the HTC Vive Pro 2 include compatibility with Vive Tracker 3.0, which can track “everything”, including the Vive Wireless Adapter, Facial Tracker, and full-body tracking.
HTC says it HTC Vive Pro 2 is also working on Valve’s Knuckle controllers and the company’s own controllers.
HTC Vive Pro 2 price and release date
HTC Vive Pro 2 is sold in two different sizes:
- Title-only pre-orders (for users who already own the HTC Vive or Vive Pro and want to upgrade) opened on May 11, with the first orders shipping on June 3. For early stage orders, the item can be purchased for a discounted price of £ 659, $ 749 or € 739 €.
- Full set including headset, base 2.0 and Vive Wand v2 controllers – available for £ 1,299, $ 1399 or € 1399 on June 4th.
HTC Vive Focus 3
In addition to the HTC Vive Pro 2HTC also introduced the stand-alone Vive Focus 3. This is another stand-alone VR headset designed for commercial use and a successor to the Vive Focus Plus.
This wireless VR headset has a screen with a capacity of 2.5K per eye. It also has an LCD panel with the same screen technology and lens design as the HTC Vive Pro 2. The clear and eye-catching images are presented in a portable format.
The Vive Focus 3 uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 processor and this processor is optimized to run at maximum performance in the header for as long as possible. Although it has a 90Hz refresh rate compared to 120Hz on the HTC Vive Pro 2, the Focus 3 should still be an impressive virtual reality headset.
The Vive Focus 3 is made for business and virtual reality visualization purposes, with a lightweight magnesium alloy structure that makes it stronger, lighter and more durable. The headset is offered with the ability to charge a removable battery, which is said to provide 2 hours of use, to reach a charge level of 50 percent in just 30 minutes if needed. There is also the option to purchase more battery packs.
There are also new Vive Focus controllers that can be charged via USB-C and offer built-in batteries for up to 15 hours of use.
Vive Focus 3 uses four inside out tracking cameras. Like other titles, these cameras make it easy to track users’ movements. However, HTC says that the data in the header will be stored, encrypted and kept confidential.
Still, for business-oriented use, the Vive Focus 3 can be described as a great option with a variety of Vive services so that users can get the most out of it. There is a Vive Business App store with multiple apps and programs from multiple vendors to provide the right services. There is also Vive Sync, which allows things like PowerPoint in VR and virtual meeting rooms. Those who purchase the title will receive six months of free use of it.
HTC is already seeing great things for VR in the business world, with current usage showing massive cost savings and efficiency improvements in design, education and training. The future for VR will certainly be interesting.
The HTC Vive Focus will be available abroad from June 27, 2021 at a price of € 1060.