HTC right this moment introduced Vive Stream, its newest standalone VR headset. Whereas the corporate only recently 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 chill out, be taught, and join with buddies.
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 available on the market right this moment, standalone or in any other case.
Decision, Discipline-of-view, & Audio
Vive Stream is alleged to have a “three.2K” decision, although the corporate hasn’t specified the exact show. Primarily based on the way in which 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 contains 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 would rely extensively on exterior energy from a USB battery pack (not included) or a cellphone. Vive Stream has a small on-board battery however it solely lasts a “couple of minutes” and is designed to permit customers to scorching 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 could are available a future replace.
Along with operating 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 units 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 will likely be served from a cellular model of HTC’s Viveport app retailer.
HTC says Vive Stream is constructed for “wellbeing, mind coaching, productiveness, and light-weight gaming,” and is specializing in serving these sorts of apps by way of Viveport.
We don’t have a whole listing of the apps which will likely be supplied at launch, however the firm has given a number of examples just like the mindfulness app TRIPP, an unique VR video collection from MyndVR, and the corporate’s personal social VR app, Vive Sync. We anticipate to listen to extra about particular apps that can help Vive Stream within the close to future.
At launch, HTC will likely be providing a Viveport subscription plan for Vive Stream priced at $6 per thirty 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 embrace one within the field), HTC says it is going to be promoting a 10,000mAh exterior battery pack. The corporate hasn’t introduced the value, however we anticipate it is going to be priced equally to the $80 battery pack the corporate has beforehand offered 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, it is going to be included as a pre-order bonus.
Vive Stream Launch Date & Pre-order
Vive Stream is ready for a launch date in November, however pre-orders begin right this moment. 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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