HTC has introduced a new virtual reality headset, which sacrifices some capacity for style. Its name is HTC Vive Flow and its design resembles traditional aviator glasses.
The HTC Vive Flow seems created for all those users who find the most common viewers uncomfortable. The front part has the shape of the glasses already mentioned, but also the device is held on the head by two small arms similar to those of any traditional pair of glasses.
In terms of specs, the Vive Flow is not the most powerful viewfinder out there but rather an entry-level system. Each lens has a resolution of 1600 x 1600 pixels, with a 75 Hz refresh rate and a 100-degree field of view. While that field of view is quite acceptable, the refresh rate is lower than other scopes that come with 90 or even 120 Hz refresh.
In other respects, the Flow also has support for 3D spatial audio. It does not include a battery and despite its size, it is not a portable system as it must be connected to an external power source via USB-C. There is also no physical control, but you will have to use an Android phone (there is no support for iPhone) connected via bluetooth.
HTC has designed the Vive Flow not as a traditional virtual reality device and not only because of its external design or its weight (just 1.87 kilograms), but because the idea is that it is used primarily as a device for relaxation or meditation, through existing applications in the Vive ecosystem called Viveport. Therefore, those looking for a VR headset to play games should look at other options.
The HTC Vive Flow will be priced at $ 499 and pre-sale is now available on the HTC site, while the first deliveries will arrive in November.