HTC at this time introduced Vive Stream, its newest standalone VR headset. Whereas the corporate only in the near past launched the enterprise-focused Vive Focus three, the Vive Stream goals for the buyer market with a compact dimension and feature-set that HTC has designed round informal leisure and wellbeing apps.
Vive Stream Specs, Worth, and Options
Priced at $500 and deliberate for launch in November, HTC is positioning Vive Flow as a VR headset to assist individuals calm down, be taught, and join with associates.
The standalone headset goals to be each compact and light-weight; HTC says Vive Stream weighs simply 189 grams, which is a number of instances lighter than any main VR headset in the marketplace at this time, standalone or in any other case.
Decision, Area-of-view, & Audio
Vive Stream is alleged to have a “three.2K” decision, although the corporate hasn’t specified the exact show. Based mostly on the best way they’ve marketed their most up-to-date headsets, we perceive this to imply roughly 1,600 × 1,600 per-eye.
In the meantime, Vive Stream’s refresh fee is confirmed at 75Hz and the horizontal field-of-view at 100°. A diopter adjustment permits customers to focus every lens to suit their glasses prescription, as much as −6.0D. The headset additionally consists of on-board audio and helps bluetooth headphones.
Processor & Exterior Battery Energy
Vive Stream makes use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Whereas the machine is standalone, it can rely extensively on exterior energy from a USB battery pack (not included) or a cellphone. Vive Stream has a small on-board battery nevertheless it solely lasts a “jiffy” and is designed to permit customers to sizzling swap the headset’s tether between energy sources.
Monitoring & Enter
The headset helps 6DOF head-tracking and customers can pair an Android cellphone for use as a 3DOF controller (head-based pointing can be utilized as a fallback). Hand-tracking gained’t be supported at launch, although it might are available a future replace.
Along with working standalone apps, customers can mirror content material from their Android smartphone into the headset to look at video streaming apps, play flat Android video games, and the like. iOS gadgets aren’t supported by the headset to be used as a controller or content material mirroring, although the corporate says they’re engaged on it.
Vive Stream Apps & Content material
Past mirroring content material from Android smartphones, Vive Stream can run standalone functions which shall be served from a cell model of HTC’s Viveport app retailer.
HTC says Vive Stream is constructed for “wellbeing, mind coaching, productiveness, and lightweight gaming,” and is specializing in serving these sorts of apps via Viveport.
We don’t have a whole listing of the apps which shall be supplied at launch, however the firm has given just a few examples just like the mindfulness app TRIPP, an authentic VR video collection from MyndVR, and the corporate’s personal social VR app, Vive Sync. We count on to listen to extra about particular apps that can help Vive Stream within the close to future.
At launch, HTC shall be providing a Viveport subscription plan for Vive Stream priced at $6 per 30 days. It isn’t clear if this may enable entry to the headset’s total library of apps, or simply choose apps (as is the case with the corporate’s PC VR subscription library).
Since Vive Stream requires an exterior energy supply (however doesn’t embody one within the field), HTC says will probably be promoting a 10,000mAh exterior battery pack. The corporate hasn’t introduced the worth, however we count on will probably be priced equally to the $80 battery pack the corporate has beforehand bought alongside its Vive wi-fi adapter accent. Any energy financial institution will work with Vive Stream, nevertheless.
HTC has additionally designed a carrying case for Vive Stream. Although additionally not but priced, will probably be included as a pre-order bonus.
Vive Stream Launch Date & Pre-order
Vive Stream is about for a launch date in November, however pre-orders begin at this time. The Vive Stream worth is $500, and pre-orders will obtain each the carrying case and a bundle of seven apps.
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