13 September 2021
HTC has launched two new Virtual Reality headsets at its ViveCon VR event. These are Vive Focus 3 and Vive Pro 2. Both the VR headsets get 6MP per-eye resolution and a 120-degree field of view.
The Vive Focus 3 is an enterprise-edition standalone VR headset that gets a 5K screen (2448x2448 pixels resolution) with a 90Hz refresh rate. It is designed with feedback from carmakers, professionals running simulation training, medical companies.
The Vive Focus 3 gets a significant upgrade over its processor, the Vive Focus Plus that comes with 1440x1600 pixels per eye with a 75Hz refresh rate. Also, it gets a swappable battery rather than a built-in battery found in the Focus Plus.
The Vive Focus 3 gets a brand new design and an impressive set of specifications. The controllers now feature a Touch-style analog stick, two triggers, two lettered face buttons. Also, there is one menu or home button on each controller. It is more comfortable to wear, thanks to the reworked strap design.
Under the hood, it gets the Snapdragon XR2 (based on Snapdragon 865) processor and 8GB RAM. HTC promise two hours of battery life and a quick-charge system that will restore 50 percent of the battery with a 30-minute charge. The headset use built-in speakers. HTC touts a new and improved audio system, including an “audio privacy” setting that reduces the amount of ambient sound.
Vivo Focus 3 also includes an active cooling system with a 15W heat pipe for keeping the system cool. Also, Vive Focus 3 includes Vive Business Streaming, a cable-based system for connecting it to a PC.
The HTC Vive Focus 3 will be available worldwide on June 27th for $1,300. The price also includes a suite of business services and tech support.
HTC also announced the Vive Pro 2, an upgraded version of the Vive Pro headset which was launched back in 2018. Apart from the huge boost in the resolution per eye, the headset also gets a 120Hz refresh rate.
The Vive Pro 2 moves away from OLED in favor of LCD, however, the resolution has been upgraded to a whopping 6MP per eye. In addition to jump in resolution and refresh rate, the Vive Pro 2 becomes the first headset to support Display Stream Compression. The tech ensures maximum visual quality.
HTC’s VIVE Pro 2 headset will use 3D spatial sound with Hi-Res Audio Certified headphones and supports third-party headphones. All VIVE SteamVR ecosystem accessories are compatible with the VIVE Pro 2
The Vive Pro 2 will sell for $800 and release on June 3rd. The full kit consisting of controllers and base stations will be priced at $1,400, with a release date in July.HTC