HTC’s Next VR Headset May Have Just Leaked
A new report states that the device could feature a unique modular design.
XR hardware analyst Brad Lynch has released a new video revealing what he claims to be HTC’s next VR headset. The information, according to Lynch, comes from “many industry sources,” most of which from the supply chain. Lynch once again partnered with product designer Marcus Kane to provide realistic 3D renders of the product based on black-and-white photos shared by his sources.
According to the report, HTC is working on a standalone VR device similar in design to the HTC Vive Flow, HTC’s smartphone-powered VR glasses that were released last year. Referred to by Lynch as the “HTC Vive Flocus,” the device supposedly features four black-and-white tracking cameras as well as one RGB passthrough camera, similar to the Pico 4.
Lynch says that the device features separated 1920×1920 per eye LCDs running up to 120hz. The company is using pancake lenses to reduce the overall size of the device. Lynch was unable to confirm exactly which chipset is being used, though his sources have claimed that the device will feature a “much faster” chip than the XR2 Gen 1, the same one used in the Meta Quest 2.
Unlike the HTC Vive Flow, which uses your smartphone as a controller, the HTC Vive Flocus will be compatible with the HTC Vive Focus 3 motion controllers. Other neat features include a physical IPD adjustor, a removable face pad, and a USC-C port located inside the facial gasket area. Lynch speculates that this port could be used for eye-tracking accessories seeing as the device supposedly lacks any form of built-in eye-tracking technology.
Most interesting, however, is the HTC Vive Flocus’ modular design. According to Lynch, you can actually disconnect the back half of the headset, aka “cradle,” to enter what he refers to as “glasses mode. You can then connect to other power sources, such as a PC. With the cradle removed, you’ll actually be able to fold the arms of the device for easy storage.
According to Lynch, HTC is aiming to release the headset sometime in early 2023. No word yet on an official price, though Lynch says we can expect the device to cost under $1,000.
HTC has been teasing its new VR headset for the past few weeks on social media, but the company has yet to provide any details. Hopefully, we’ll learn more next year during CES 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Image Credit: Brad Lynch