After weeks of leaks and teasing, HTC’s long-awaited Vive Flow VR headset is finally here. Vive Flow is a departure from the previous HTC VR headsets. Unlike previous models that had to be connected to a PC, Vive Flow is a standalone device that uses your Android phone as a controller.
HTC Vive Flow: Specifications
|Specifications||HTC Vive Flow|
|Form factor and weight||
|Thermal||Active cooling for stable performance and increased user comfort|
|Power||External power source (eg Compatible battery bank)|
|Video Pass-through||Yes. Supports video transfer to environmental awareness|
|Tracking||2x cameras for 6DoF tracking inside and out|
|Controller||Can use connected phone as controller|
Vive Flow has a rather untraditional design for a VR headset that looks like supersized glasses, and it’s pretty light at 189g (via The Verge). Each earcup has an LCD that updates at 75Hz and has a resolution of 1600p. You get a wide 100-degree field of view and adjustable diopter discs for focus adjustments. There are two forward-facing cameras mounted on the headset to provide a real-time video feed of your surroundings.
Vive Flow is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 chip, paired with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. Although the headset has a built-in battery, HTC says that it is only designed to let you switch power sources, the device actually needs to be connected to a powerbank. HTC separately sells its own battery, which claims to last up to 4-5 hours. However, any large powerbank and a USB Type C cable will do the job just as well.
Vive Flow does not come with an external controller. Instead, it connects to your Android smartphone to interact, navigate and control the user interface. Connectivity includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and Miracast.
Price and availability
HTC Vive Flow is priced at $ 499 and can be pre-ordered today. The order starts shipping sometime in November.