With virtual reality becoming ever more popular, we’re starting to see more and more headsets hit the market. Fan-favourite HTC has been a long-runner in virtual reality with its Vive line-up of headsets. And now, it looks like the company is back with another set to strap to your face.
Taking to Twitter with a teaser image, HTC showed off a new VR headset with the tagline “Go small or go home”. How do we know it’s a new headset? HTC confirmed so down in the comments section of the tweet, reiterating the fact it’s smaller. The picture doesn’t give much away, but there are a few things we can work out about this headset.
What we already know about HTC’s new headset
Most obviously, we know that this is going to be a smaller headset. Arguably the biggest complaint about VR headsets is the size and weight of them. Given they’re sat on your nose for hours at a time, comfort is rather essential. With a smaller body, we can expect HTC’s new headset to be lighter than previous models, and even that of the competition.
Looking at the image HTC shared, you can just about recognise the headset in question. Notice how these look a little sunglasses-esque? That’s because the futuristic googles look remarkably similar to last year’s Vive Flow headset. Given the design similarities, we’d expect these to be a second-gen update to the Vive Flow. There’s currently only one generation of the headset, since its relatively new, so we expect it to be high on HTC’s list to revive!
And revive it should – the Vive Flow only scored three stars out of five in our review, with controls, UI, and price leaving room for improvement. So, we’d expect the second-gen version to make some changes in these areas. Otherwise, there’s not much more we know about HTC’s new headset.
While HTC is yet to announce the new headset, never mind release it, we’d expect to see it hit the shelves before the end of the year. VR sets are bound to be on plenty of Christmas lists this year, and it’s unlikely HTC would want to miss out on the holiday cheer. Expect to hear more from the brand soon!