An Android phone is needed - because it has a controller. Stream.
Alternatively, this versatile headset—with its massive external lenses looking like something out of a Venture Brothers costume—appears to appeal to casual users. Today's announcement highlights programs focused on "meditation," "brain training," and "collaboration," and a second example requires the use of HTC's Vive Sync virtual conferencing software. In addition, the promotional content provided to Ars ahead of today's reveal refers to simple VR games for this platform, such as Space Slurpies. (No, I never thought I'd write the words "space slurpies" in Ars.) This headset currently has no way of connecting to high-end gaming PCs, wired or wireless, for higher fidelity performance. Virtual reality experiences.The massive Vive Flow leaked images earlier this week. HTC emphasizes adjustability for maximum comfort. HTC If you wish, you can discard these included speakers in favor of your own Bluetooth audio solution. HTC is taking another great look at its active cooling system. HTC Connect your phone via Bluetooth ... HTC to use Vive Flow as a pointing device. Does the floating kid work in compatible software? We are not sure yet. HTC, or if the connection is compatible, connect your phone to access dedicated media apps. HTC
Alternatively, Vive Flow supports two types of Android smartphone connections. One requires a "5G" connection and HDCP 2.2, which is used to wirelessly mirror content from your phone into the virtual reality world. From its inception, this appears to be highly dependent on video players (even if the hardware built into Vive Flow is fully capable of uploading and rendering video). The other case is a simpler Bluetooth connection that is required to turn an Android smartphone into a VR console. HTC has not yet explained how to use Vive Flow without an Android smartphone.Advertising
Since Thursday's announcement, Vive Flow includes enough onscreen material to power the VR experience alone: the processing unit, battery, built-in speakers, and some sort of "internal tracking" of the outside, apparently powered by two external cameras on the least (one under each of the tinted lenses and Vive Flow facing outward). The system includes support for external battery packs for longer sessions, and users can connect their own Bluetooth audio headphones to it if they wish (but not a headset with a 3.5mm headphone jack).
HTC is providing a basic description of the Vive Flow to Ars Technica ahead of its official unveiling Thursday, including some attractive sales. The best of the two is the "diopter adjustment" contact plates on the headset, which allow users to adjust the focus of each eye independently. In addition, the device's hinge mechanism appears to be adjustable according to different head sizes and can be easily fitted to fit a slim and attractive carrying case. (more in a second), HTC says it weighs just 189 grams, while the Oculus Quest 2 weighs 532 grams. Emphasize airflow to reduce sweating - this sounds optimistic.
Vive Flow is HTC's latest All-In-One virtual reality headset, which launches October 15th for $499.
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