Introducing the HTC Vive Flow virtual reality headset – non-standalone, battery-free and glasses-shaped
Vive Flow virtual reality headset weighs only 189 grams and, as mentioned, is designed in the form of glasses (something like Magic Leap One) . In terms of design – and especially the thin body – the Vive Flow looks more like personal cinema glasses (than a virtual reality headset). Due to the glasses-like appearance of this headset, the manufacturer must design it in a way that it can be placed on different people’s heads. For this purpose, HTC has used a system consisting of 2 hinges in the design of this device.
HTC has spent a lot of time and effort to reduce the distance between the screen and the user’s eyes in this headset. One of the positive points of Vive Flow is the presence of two adjustable diopter lenses. Thanks to these lenses, users who have nearsightedness problems do not need to wear glasses when using this headset, and instead they have to adjust these lenses according to their eyes.
Among the most important features of this headset are two 1.6K screens with The refresh rate is 75 Hz and the field of view is 100 degrees. Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, Miracast and USB-C port make up Vive Flow’s communication options. Two speakers and two microphones (equipped with echo cancellation and noise cancellation) are installed in this headset, and according to the manufacturer, it also supports Bluetooth audio. The presence of 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory is another notable feature of Vive Flow.
Unfortunately, due to the lack of battery, an external power source must be used to use this device. In order to make the Vive Flow a truly portable device, HTC set its power to 7.5 watts. has done; This means you can connect Vive Flow to an outlet, power bank or even your smartphone using a USB cable and then start working. Of course, if we say that Vive Flow does not have a battery, we are technically wrong, because a very small battery is provided in this headset so that in the event of a power cut, the headset does not turn off at once and shuts down safely. Another benefit of this small battery is that if you want to change the power source of the headset, you will have up to 5 minutes.
The fan installed in the front of the headset directs the cool air from the front into the device and towards your face and finally causes Hot air exits from the vents in the upper part.
Vive Flow is not a standalone headset and does not have a remote or controller. Therefore, you must first connect this device to your smartphone via Bluetooth or Miracast and then use the phone as a controller in the virtual reality content. This limits the user to some extent when working with Vive Flow. Of course, you shouldn’t expect to be able to play games like Half Life: Alyx on this headset. However, the presence of two camera lenses on the front of the device allows for hand tracking and a deeper experience in virtual reality (of course, this last feature will be added to Vive Flow in the future with an update).
According to HTC, the focus of Vive Flow It’s all about comfort, brain training, productivity, and light gaming thanks to apps like Color Connect VR, Space Slurpies, and the Tripp meditation app. It is interesting to know, if this headset is used for meditation at night, the device’s blue light filter is activated and helps the user to sleep better. Needless to say, by purchasing the Vive Flow headset, the user gets access to a special version of the Viveport Infinity service and can benefit from a wide range of content compatible with this headset by paying $5.99 per month.
At the end, it should be mentioned Vive Flow headset It is not augmented reality or current specifications, it can never play the role of an AR headset. Pre-order registration for Vive Flow has started and this product will officially enter the market in November at a price of $499.