HTC’s Vive Flow is a $499 lightweight VR headset built for entertainment and wellness

HTC is today launching a lightweight headset designed to split the difference between a standalone VR headset and a personal cinema. The HTC Vive Flow is a pair of glasses weighing really 189 grams( 6.6 jumps) which pair with a smartphone to let you play some VR content or simply watch Tv. It’s marketed as both a piece of tech to keep you entertained and a design to help you improve your mental wellbeing.

Naturally, the company doesn’t want to talk too much about the technology inside Flow, preferring to focus on what it can do. What we do know, nonetheless, is the fact that it has two “1. 6K” parades guiding at a 75 Hz refresh rate and offering a 100 -degree field of vision. There’s no battery per-se, except in cases of a insignificant cadre designed to make sure that it’ll shut down safely if Flow is severed from whatever power source you’ve connected its USB-C cable to.

Image of the HTC Flow and its hard carrying caseHTC

It’s in this regard that it’s set up more like a personal cinema than it is your standard VR headset, especially with the fairly narrow-minded mas. HTC devoted a great deal of time and try withering the distance between the expose and your eyes, and Flow abuses a pair of diopter lenses up front. It means that short-sighted tribes won’t need to wear their glasses when using Flow, since they can provided the lenses up to suit their consolation level.

To ensure that Flow really is portable, HTC rectified a power plan of seven. 5 watts, the upper limit for USB 3’s charging spec. It means you can run this thing off any compatible battery bundle( or your telephone, in a tinge) as well as a standard socket over a USB-C cable. Some of that juice goes to powering a small active fan in front of the nose, which plucks cold breath over your face and propagandizes warm air out of the Flow’s top vents.

Promotional image for the HTC Vive FlowHTC

HTC likewise wasted plenty of season talking about how the dual-hinge system will ensure that the Flow’s glasses-like enclose will sit comfortably on anyone’s head. A duo of loudspeakers embedded into the arms offer what we’re told is surprisingly high quality spatial audio, and hulking given their relative sizing. And since they sit on your brain like regular glass, you can wear them laying down should the need arise.

You can pair Flow with your smartphone over Bluetooth or Miracast( for watching protected material) and use the phone as a pointer inside VR content. That restraint the number of suffers you’ll be able to enjoy with the gear, but you were hardly going to be able to play Half Life: Alyx on this thing anyway. A duo of camera lenses facing forward will, when the peculiarity is ready, enable the Flow to move your hands for more immersive VR, too.

It’s worth saying that this is not, and as I know what this is, can never become an AR headset in its current form. Those lenses don’t apparently volunteer much passthrough( beyond what’s necessary for motion tracking) and this isn’t designed for it anyway.

HTC says that the focus of Flow’s content on “wellbeing, ability develop, productivity” and “light gaming, ” with apps like Color Connect VR, Space Slurpies and VR meditation app Tripp. The headset will be able to access a special version of Viveport Infinity, give a wide library of Flow-compatible content for a monthly fee of $5.99. The company added that if useds wanted to meditate within the Flow towards the end of the day, a off-color illuminate filter will kick in to help ensure that you can get more restful sleep.

Image of the Diopter Lenses on the back of an HTC Vive FlowHTC

If you’re looking to get hold of an HTC Vive Flow, then pre-orders are opening from today, with send expected to begin in November. The price is $499, and for that you get the glass and a soft bear action thrown-in, but I’d strongly caution you to pre-order if you require one. Doing so entitles you to receive the flask-like hard deport example, as well as seven articles of additional VR content give in gratis.

Naturally, Flow has become something of a worst-kept secret in technology after many of these details were leaked ahead of time. One of the self-evident sticking point is the higher price compared to the Quest 2, although HTC was clear to dispel the notion that the products were equals. Flow, after all, is a not a standalone headset, and HTC believes that the lighter, more chic equipment will win it fans in the state and fitness busines.

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