26 October 2021
HTC has launched a new VR headset named Vive Flow. It is a compact and lightweight VR headset primarily meant for entertainment and health wellbeing purposes. Furthermore, it costs a lot less to own than many other options including the ones from the HTC Vive lineup itself.
The Vive Flow weighs just 189 grams but it is only for the headset. The headset features a 2.1-inch display with 1600 x 1600 pixels resolution per eye and a combined resolution of 3200 x 3200 pixels. It supports a 75Hz refresh rate and field of view angle up to 100-degrees. It comes loaded with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage.
The compact VR headset does not come with an in-built battery. It means you will need to power it through an external device but thankfully, that can be your smartphone or even a power bank. There is a USB Type-C port that should make it easier for you to connect with any modern device. However, there is an in-built fan to keep things cool while you are using it.
As for navigating through the virtual world, users will have to rely on a companion application. It will need to be installed on a smartphone, Android 9 Pie or higher, paired with the VR headset. HTC has packed the device with Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi, and Miracast for connectivity purposes. However, the headset cannot be paired with an iPhone.
The HTC Vive Flow is up for pre-orders until October 31st and can be booked for $499. The pre-order gifts include a Vive Flow case, two months of Viveport Infinity, and access to select content (7 titles). HTC is touting the pricing to be the "guaranteed best price of 2021".