Report from Protocolciting undisclosed “company documents” from HTC, claims that the company will unveil two new headphones during the VIVECON event next week: Vive Focus 3 and Vive Pro 2.
Following HTC’s jokes about the upcoming unveiling of “game-changing VR headsets,” Protocol claims that the company plans to unveil the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition and Vive Pro 2 headphones. The publication cites “company documents” and observations of the headphones on the European e-commerce site Alzashop, which have apparently already been removed. The report says the lists show that both handsets can launch by May 20th.
Pricing was also shown in the lists, with the Vive Focus 3 set at € 1
Road to VR turned to HTC for comment on Protocol report.
The information sounds at least reasonable. Vive Focus is the standalone line of HTC headphones. Although the company has never officially released “Vive Focus 2”, it can simply consider Vive Focus Plus enough sequel to the original to move to Vive Focus 3.
The statement about Vive Pro 2 is interesting and could mean a turnaround for HTC. The company is distancing itself from its Vive Pro PC VR headphones in favor of Vive Cosmos, although Cosmos has had a very difficult time competing with the latest generation of headphones. Vive Pro 2 can signal that HTC is leaning back into the SteamVR ecosystem (while Vive Cosmos is the company’s first PC VR headset with its own inside-out tracking system).
If Protocol The report is true, we got our first clear look at one of these two headsets from HTC earlier this week:
In both cases, we would be curious to know what HTC will do on the front of the controller. Vive Focus Plus uses ultrasonic controllers that are not well evaluated in terms of tracking performance. Meanwhile, most of the company’s VR VR headphones rely on the rather old Vive “stick” controllers. Even if the headphones are great, the controllers are an important selling point and we hope to see a competitive offer from HTC.
It looks like we’ll know one way or another soon enough, as HTC is expected to announce its new headphones on May 11 next week during its Vivecon event.