No matter how much HTC has regressed in the mobile segment, it has been successful in the field of virtual reality (VR) headsets and will not let the whole market be in the hands of Oculus. It's true that the Oculus Quest 2 performed brilliantly as a low-cost headset, but HTC has largely focused on professional headsets. In this regard, HTC on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (May 21, 1400) unveiled two new virtual reality headsets called Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3. The Vive Pro 2 is actually an updated version of the Vive Pro (released in 2018), and the Focus 3 will replace the Focus Plus standalone headset.
< Both devices have 5K displays (2.5K each eye), a 120-degree field of view, and true RGB sub-pixels. The combination of these factors goes hand in hand and, while sharpening images, prevents the display of tiny pixels (called screen-doors); The same phenomenon that cheap headsets are struggling with. Of course, having all these positive points also comes at a cost! These new headsets are more expensive than their compatible devices. In the following, we will get acquainted with more details of these headsets.
Let's start with the more advanced Focus 3 headset. Apparently, the manufacturer has spent a lot of time modifying the design of this device. This move makes perfect sense, as the previous Focus and Focus Plus models were not very comfortable. According to HTC, changing the weight of the Focus 3 headset makes it easier to wear, and the design of the headset strap has been changed to give it a more secure feel. Another positive point is the transfer of the battery to the back. This change will be especially useful for those who enjoy long-term virtual reality training sessions, as they will be able to hold the headset longer for more convenience.
< Focus 3 is equipped with two 2.88-inch LED panels with a resolution of 2448 × 2448 pixels. The update rate of the 90 Hz display and its field of view is 120 degrees. According to HTC, the user can adjust the distance between the pupils (IPD) in the range between 57 and 72 mm according to their needs, which ensures ease of vision for people.
< Powerful battery with a power of 26.6 watts is predicted for this headset, which according to the manufacturer will be responsible for up to 2 hours of continuous use. This battery is replaceable and with only 30 minutes of charging, its capacity reaches from 0 to 50%. This headset has 2 microphones that can eliminate the echo. According to the manufacturer, thanks to the button called Quick Release - which is patented by HTC - the headset is very easy to remove and wear. Focus 3 connectivity options include Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6 and two USB-C ports.
HTC used the Snapdragon XR2 chip in the Focus 3, claiming that it optimized it to maximize hardware performance. A heating tube made of copper and a cooling fan are installed in front of the headset display, which draws cool air from the bottom into the headset and dissipates heat to the top of the device. This is one of the important improvements of Focus 3 and makes it easier for the user to use, because by reducing the heat inside the headset, the user's sweating rate is also reduced.
< Like the Link feature in the Oculus Quest headset, the Focus 3 headset can be connected to a PC via a separate cable called the Vive Streaming Cable for a tethered VR experience. Not to mention, the Focus 3 has new controllers that are very similar to the Oculus Quest gamepads.
The HTC Vive Focus 3 Virtual Reality Headset will be available June 27 for $ 1,300. This means that the Focus 3 is about a thousand dollars more expensive than the Oculus Quest 2.
In terms of design, the Vive Pro 2 is no different from the previous model (Vive Pro), but in a few of its interior elements, we see improvements. Perhaps the most notable change is the use of a 5K display (equivalent to 2448 × 2448 pixels) with a 120Hz refresh rate and a 120 ° field of view. This display is a significant improvement over the previous model (Vive Pro) display - with a resolution of 1600 × 2880 pixels, a 90Hz refresh rate and a 110-degree field of view. Not bad to know In low-end headsets - which have a lower field of view - the user sometimes feels like they are looking through a binoculars!
The Vive Pro 2 is the first virtual reality headset to be produced with DSC technology. DSC (short for Display Stream Compression) is a standard used only in advanced monitors. According to HTC, as a result of the above, the amount of motion blur in the Vive Pro 2 has been minimized. Also, according to the manufacturer, the grid lines seen on the screens of many older headsets have been virtually eliminated in the Vive Pro 2.
Ergonomic features common in advanced headsets - including adjustable straps, adjustable index as well as adjustable IPD - are also present in the Vive Pro 2. The headphones inside the device itself are equipped with 3D surround sound and have Hi-Res Audio certification, and other headphones can be used if desired.
< Pre-order registration for the HTC Vive Pro 2 virtual reality headset has begun and the price of the product has been announced as $ 749 for those who pre-order. But after this limited period, the Vive Pro 2 headset will be available for $ 799. It should be noted that the complete kit - which in addition to the headset itself, also includes the base station and its controllers - will be available for sale from June 4 (June 14) for $ 1,399.
Comparing consumer headsets to professional headsets is not fair. It is clear that HTC Vive is targeting corporate customers; Customers who are willing to spend more to get quality hardware and, of course, expect more responsive service. Between the two new HTC products, the Focus 3 headset is specifically designed to meet the needs of the business community. The system, called Vive Business Device Management System, allows IT employees to manage Focus 3 headsets well (just as they manage their PCs on the network). In addition, a secure appstore is provided for accessing training files and business software. According to some experts, the Oculus Store is not very secure.
< However, from what has been said, it follows that the Vive Pro 2 and Focus 3 headsets are not made for personal use. This indicates that there is a lot of potential in the virtual reality headset market that has not yet been discovered. According to Dan O'Brien, CEO of HTC Vive, companies that opt for high-end headsets for their employees and typically spend more money to buy these devices will see a return on investment in six months to a year. . For example, attending a business meeting using a virtual reality headset will undoubtedly be cheaper than getting a first-class plane ticket. Source: vive