Wednesday, October 13th 2021

Upcoming HTC Vive Flow VR Headset Leaks Ahead of Launch

HTC is said to be launching a new VR headset within the next couple days and thanks to @evleaks we now have a pretty good idea as to what to expect. Although we don't know the actual hardware specifications, it's supposed to be a stand-alone headset that doesn't require a PC to work, although the massive leak that appears to be presentation slides, does give away quite a lot of details.

For starters, there are details explaining that the Vive Flow as the new headset is called, can be paired over Bluetooth with smartphones and you can use the phone as a controller. It'll also be possible to stream content to the Vive Flow via Miracast from smartphones and possibly also other sources. The headset appears to be powered via a USB-C cable, although the pictures are ambiguous, as the Vive Flow is sometimes wired to a phone, but most of the time it doesn't appear to be connected to anything, not even a power source.
According to Engadget, the headset is said to offer native six degrees of freedom tracking, but none of the leaked pictures makes this clear. The Vive Flow does appear to have a pair of integrated cameras, as well as some kind of integrated speakers. In addition to this, it features a dual-hinge fit system, snap-on face cushions and an active cooling system. Furthermore it has adjustable focusing up to -6.0 diopter, which can be handy for those with certain vision correction needs.
The Vive Flow is expected to be available for pre-order on the 15th of October for a price of US$499, which includes seven VR titles, two months subscription to Infinity Vista and a free carrying case.
Sources: @evleaks, via Engadget
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13 Comments on Upcoming HTC Vive Flow VR Headset Leaks Ahead of Launch

#1
lynx29
pre order in two days and we don't even get battery life expectations? smells fishy to me... hehehe
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TheLostSwede
lynx29pre order in two days and we don't even get battery life expectations? smells fishy to me... hehehe
I'm sure all will be revealed at the launch event.
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lynx29
TheLostSwedeI'm sure all will be revealed at the launch event.
I hope so, but that design doesn't look promising. I am betting it gets 1 hour battery life in Halflife Alex. That might be ok for some people, until you calculate in max lifetime cycle charges for lithium, and at 1 hr... that will be like a weak battery in less than a year of normal use. Hopefully I am wrong, just doesn't seem like its big enough to house a decent sized battery.
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TheLostSwede
lynx29I hope so, but that design doesn't look promising. I am betting it gets 1 hour battery life in Halflife Alex. That might be ok for some people, until you calculate in max lifetime cycle charges for lithium, and at 1 hr... that will be like a weak battery in less than a year of normal use. Hopefully I am wrong, just doesn't seem like its big enough to house a decent sized battery.
It doesn't actually seem to have a built in power source so...
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#5
Crackong
adjustable focusing up to -6.0 diopter
Biggest selling point here
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#6
The Quim Reaper
You gotta give these VR people credit, they're determined to make it a success, despite all the drawbacks still inherent to the technology...
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#7
lynx29
TheLostSwedeIt doesn't actually seem to have a built in power source so...
hmm will be interesting to see reviews on this, it might be the one I have been waiting for then... it looks comfy...
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#8
Turmania
What happened to 3d monitors? Both pc monitors and tv's?
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#9
TheLostSwede
TurmaniaWhat happened to 3d monitors? Both pc monitors and tv's?
No-one really liked them.
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#10
Mindweaver
Moderato®™
I totally missed this news thread.. haha

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#11
Franzen4Real
Its hard to tell from those pics but it does look even more form fitting than the Q2. Definitely looks as though the battery will not be inside the HMD, more like on a belt clip or something. Actually, I would prefer that. Anything that will reduce weight and bulkiness on the front of HMD's is a step forward in my opinion.
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TheLostSwede
Franzen4RealIts hard to tell from those pics but it does look even more form fitting than the Q2. Definitely looks as though the battery will not be inside the HMD, more like on a belt clip or something. Actually, I would prefer that. Anything that will reduce weight and bulkiness on the front of HMD's is a step forward in my opinion.
There are more pictures on Twitter, like this one...

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#13
Xzibit
Darn I thought it was a remake of The Fly movie
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