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HTC’s upcoming headset identify and (possibly) worth may have been leaked

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Let’s begin this 2023 with a leak! I’ve been tipped about the truth that the Korean retailer of HTC could have by accident leaked the identify of the brand new Vive headset that will probably be revealed at CES… and possibly additionally its worth.

The Vive “Flowcus”

HTC has been teasing a brand new standalone headset for months, with out sharing a lot if not some pictures revealing some small particulars of the system. Uninterested in all these small teasers, XR analyst Brad Lynch (SadlyItsBradly) mobilized all its sources and managed to acquire fairly a bunch of fascinating items of details about it.

In his video, which received fairly widespread, Brad teased that the system and referred to as it “Flowcus” as a result of it appears like a Vive Circulation with the controllers of the Vive Focus. He later corrected a few of his leaks, with a brand new collection of information.

Two weeks in the past, HTC itself lastly talked in regards to the system in an interview with The Verge, and teased a few of its functionalities, asserting that the system will probably be formally revealed on the CES in Las Vegas on January, fifth.

These are the options formally revealed by HTC:

  • The system could also be fascinating additionally for shoppers
  • It received’t be a headset with {hardware} worth sponsored by knowledge harvesting
  • It options RGB passthrough and a depth sensor
  • It helps 6DOF VR controllers together with optical hand monitoring
  • It provides two hours of battery life
The design of the headset leaked by Brad Lynch (Picture by Brad Lync)

And these are the additions offered by Brad in his leaks:

  • It’s anticipated to value greater than $1,000
  • It features a depth sensor above the 16MP RGB digital camera
  • It makes use of an actively cooled Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 with 8GB of RAM
  • The show is made by two 1,920×1,920 LCD screens clocked as much as 120hz
  • The headset is a standalone with a battery within the again, however the battery may be eliminated and the headset plugged right into a PC for tethered VR
  • It makes use of the identical controllers because the Vive Focus 3

Anyway, we had no data in regards to the worth or the identify of the headset… till now.

The Korean leak

As we speak I discovered on Reddit a put up revealing that HTC simply registered the identify “Vive XR Elite”. When posting this information on Twitter, the consumer Inscothen pointed me to a screenshot of the web Korean Vive retailer that talked about precisely this time period: Vive XR Elite. The image was clearly the one of many headset proven by HTC, along with the Vive Focus 3 controllers rumored to be there by Brad Lynch. I requested him some extra proof and he pointed me to the Google cache of the web site exhibiting the identical factor, so the picture has not been manipulated. The headset is so actually referred to as Vive XR Elite.

As for the worth, it’s talked about to be ₩1,790,000 (that letter is the image of the South Korean Gained), which is round 1400 {dollars}. I made a cross-check with the worth in Gained and in {Dollars} of the Vive Circulation, they usually correspond precisely, so which means that $1400 is reported to be the true worth of the system. This might be once more in step with the rumors of Brad Lynch of a tool costing greater than $1000.

Zoom of the picture of the web site, exhibiting the headset and the 2 controllers (Picture by HTC Vive)

ANYWAY, take all of this with a whole lot of grains of salt. Generally these shops write some placeholder costs earlier than the precise launch, so it might be that the worth of the true system is lower than that. $1400 is anyway some huge cash, even for HTC requirements. Perhaps they only used the worth of the Focus 3 as a placeholder. Or possibly not. Let’s do not forget that the Vive focus 3 was already costing round $1300 and that the Quest Professional with which the Vive XR Elite can compete because of its RGB passthrough and depth sensor, prices $1500. So $1400 for one thing that’s just like the Quest Professional however lighter and with a depth sensor extra (however not facial monitoring), could have complete sense. And I suppose that at Meta nobody can be pleased to see that two rivals like Pico and HTC are providing units with comparable options to the Quest Professional however at an inferior worth.

Anyway, if the worth is confirmed to be above $1000 like Brad’s discovering and this rumor appears to level at, this system may turn into very fascinating for the prosumer VR market, that’s the place HTC is acknowledged as top-of-the-line manufacturers in the marketplace however can have virtually no enchantment on the patron one.

However once more, let’s anticipate the official launch earlier than making any judgment. I like to make the hypothesis sport, however do not forget that till official data is shared, it’s precisely only a sport. The launch could be very shut, so we simply have to attend 4 extra days to have the official reveal of the Vive XR Elite! Who else is ?

(Header picture by HTC Vive)

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