HTC VR headset leak reveals standalone Oculus Quest 2 rival

Oculus Quest 2 has dominated VR these final two years, so it’s unsurprising that standalone rivals proceed popping up. While Bytedance is making waves with Pico 4, HTC has mainly caught to PC VR and enterprise headsets with its Vive vary, barring some odd exceptions. However, because of a latest leak, we’ve bought a recent have a look at HTC’s standalone plans.

Marking a brand new contender for the very best VR headset in opposition to Quest 2, YouTuber Brad Lynch revealed the HTC Vive Flowcus in a (*2*)latest video. A successor to Vive Flow, Lynch avoids immediately exhibiting off any headset images, which he claims had been supplied to him in black and white. Instead, he partnered with product designer Marcus Kane to supply lifelike 3D renders primarily based on these photos.

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Citing “many industry sources,” Lynch particulars key specs on this report. Reportedly, Flowcus makes use of pancake lenses with an LCD panel decision of 1920 x 1920 per eye, powered by the Qualcomm XR2 Gen 1 chip beforehand seen in Quest 2. Lynch states that HTC’s new headset additionally makes use of 4 black-and-white monitoring cameras, one RGB passthrough digicam, and the identical tracked controllers as Vive Focus 3.

Claiming Flowcus will launch in early 2023, Lynch advises this headset’s focusing on a “prosumer” viewers like Meta Quest Pro. Clarifying additional particulars after the video’s publication, they said on Twitter that it will doubtlessly value over $1000. Naturally, pricing stays speculative till HTC formally reveals this upcoming VR headset. However, if true, that’s akin to the HTC Vive Pro, which prices almost $1,100 for the whole gear.

This isn’t the primary time Lynch has been within the information just lately. Back in September, a Quest 3 leak gave us our first have a look at Meta’s subsequent headset through CAD photos. While Oculus Quest 3 seemingly lacks the facial and eye monitoring options seen in Meta Quest Pro, Lynch claims it’ll use the extra highly effective Qualcomm XR2 Gen 2 chip. Of course, this might change, and Meta’s probably examined a number of designs, so don’t take these specs as a given till its revealed.

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