On Monday, I wrote about leaked particulars of an unannounced HTC Vive Flow VR headset that’s anticipated to be introduced at an occasion on Thursday. Simply at some point later, we now know what it seems like thanks to pictures shared by prolific leaker Evan Blass, who has been actively posting new photographs over the course of the night. Based on a slide in a more moderen tweet, the machine will price $499 and begin delivery in November.
Right here’s the primary batch:
Total, the photographs in Blass’ first tweet match lots of the particulars reported by Protocol on Monday, however they provide a significantly better concept of what the ultimate machine might appear to be. (And I’m simply going to say it: the leaked promo type of makes the wearers appear to be bugs.) It’s exhausting to inform if the massive yellowish spots on the entrance of the headset are see-through; however for those who look carefully, it seems there could also be cameras embedded within the entrance of the machine.
The primary leaked photographs appeared to point that the headset will likely be tethered through a wire to some type of tube-shaped machine, which may maybe present a bit further energy to the headset (much like the unique Magic Leap). However different pictures make it much less clear: one other set of pictures leaked by Blass reveals that it does have inside processing (and a blower-style cooling fan), and yet one more set counsel the tube may merely be a carrying case.
There’s even one picture that reveals it plugged right into a telephone.
Conspicuously, there doesn’t look like a head strap in these pictures of the Vive Movement. Most headsets that folks discover snug steadiness their weight utilizing some type of strap, so we’ll must attempt the Vive Professional for ourselves to see if HTC has discovered a solution to make Vive Professional nice to put on with out one.
The brand new headset additionally has an especially shut resemblance to HTC’s “Challenge Proton,” a prototype blended actuality machine the corporate revealed in February 2020 with a equally buggy-eyed design and an analogous risk of being tethered to a pack. It’s unclear if the Vive Movement is the ultimate retail evolution of that Proton, however it looks as if a powerful risk.
If you wish to be taught extra in regards to the Vive Movement, you won’t have lengthy to attend, as the corporate will likely be internet hosting an event on Thursday with the coincidental tagline “Go together with the Movement.” Earlier Tuesday morning, HTC teased a very brief look at what will likely be introduced there — whereas it’s exhausting to inform if it matches the leaked renders from Blass, it certain does appear to be a VR headset of some form.
Replace, 9:30PM ET: Added extra leaked particulars, together with pricing.
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