Introducing Vive Pro 2 and Focus 3 – HTC’s advanced VR headsets, perfect for the workplace

Introducing Vive Pro 2 and Focus 3 – HTC’s advanced VR headsets, perfect for the workplace

Introducing Vive Pro 2 and Focus 3 – HTC’s advanced VR headsets, perfect for the workplace

News unit any size HTC has been regressing in the mobile sector, it has been successful in the field of virtual reality (VR) headsets and will not leave. The whole market is in the hands of Oculus. It’s true that Oculus Quest 2 has performed brilliantly as a budget headset, but HTC’s main focus is on professional headsets. In this regard, HTC unveiled two new virtual reality headsets named Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3 on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 (May 21, 1400). Vive Pro 2 is actually an updated model

Both devices have 5K displays (2.5K resolution per eye), 120-degree field of view, and true RGB subpixels. The set of these factors work hand in hand and, while sharpening the images, prevents the display of tiny pixels (so-called screen-door effect); The same phenomenon that cheap headsets are struggling with. Of course, having all these positive points has a cost! These new headsets have higher prices compared to similar devices. In the following, we will get to know more details about these headsets.

HTC Vive Focus 3

First we start with the more advanced Focus 3 headset. Apparently, the manufacturer has spent a lot of time improving the design of this device. This move seems quite logical, because the previous Focus and Focus Plus models were not so comfortable. According to HTC, changing the weight of the Focus 3 headset, wearing it to make it easier and to instill a sense of security, the design of the headset strap has also been changed. Another positive point is moving the battery to the back. This change will be especially beneficial for those who spend long and long VR training sessions as they can keep the headset on for longer due to the increased comfort.

Focus 3 is equipped with two 2.88-inch LCD panels with a resolution of 2448×2448 pixels. The refresh rate of the display is 90 Hz and its field of view is 120 degrees. According to HTC, the user can adjust the inter-pupillary distance (IPD) between 57 and 72 mm to suit their needs, which ensures comfortable viewing for people.

A powerful battery with a capacity of 26.6 Wh is expected for this headset, which according to the manufacturer will be responsible for up to 2 hours of continuous use. This battery is replaceable and with only 30 minutes of charging, its capacity reaches from 0 to 50%. 2 microphones are used in this headset that can eliminate echo. According to the manufacturer’s claim, this headset is very easy to put on and take off thanks to the Quick Release button – patented by HTC. Focus 3 communication options include Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6 and two USB-C ports.

HTC has used the Snapdragon XR2 chip in Focus 3 and claims to have optimized it to bring the hardware to the maximum possible performance. A copper heat pipe and a cooling fan are installed in front of the headset display, which draws cool air from the bottom into the headset and expels the heat to the top of the device. This is one of the important improvements of Focus 3 and makes it more comfortable for the user, because by reducing the heat inside the headset, the amount of sweating of the user is also reduced.

Like the Link function in the Oculus Quest headset, here too, the Focus 3 headset can be connected to a personal computer through a separate cable called the Vive Streaming Cable for a tethered VR experience. Not to mention, the Focus 3 has new controllers that look a lot like the Oculus Quest gamepads.

HTC Vive Focus 3 virtual reality headset will be released on June 27 (July 6) at a price of $1,300. That means the Focus 3 is about a thousand dollars more expensive than the Oculus Quest 2.

HTC Vive Pro 2

In terms of external design, Vive Pro 2 is not different from the previous model (Vive Pro), but we see improvements in several of its internal elements. Perhaps the most notable change is the adoption of a 5K display (equivalent to 2448 x 2448 pixels) with a 120 Hz refresh rate and a 120-degree field of view. This display is a significant improvement compared to the display of the previous model (Vive Pro) – with a resolution of 1600 x 2880 pixels, a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a field of view of 110 degrees. It’s good to know that in cheap headsets – which have a lower field of view – the user sometimes feels like they’re looking through binoculars!

Vive Pro 2 is the first virtual reality headset It is produced with DSC technology. DSC (abbreviated Display Stream Compression) is a standard used only in the manufacture of advanced monitors. According to HTC, as a result of the aforementioned, the amount of motion blur in the Vive Pro 2 has been minimized. Also, according to the manufacturer’s claim, the lattice-shaped lines that were seen on the display of many older headsets are practically gone in the Vive Pro 2.

Ergonomic features common in high-end headsets – including adjustable straps, size adjustment indicator, as well as adjustable IPD – are also seen in the Vive Pro 2. The headphones inside the device are equipped with 3D surround sound and are certified by Hi-Res Audio, and other headphones can be used if desired.

The pre-order registration for the HTC Vive Pro 2 virtual reality headset has started, and the total price of the product for those who pre-order has been announced at $749. But after this limited period ends, the Vive Pro 2 headset will be available for $799. It should be noted that the complete kit – which, in addition to the headset itself, also includes the base station and its controllers – will be available for sale from June 4 (14 June) at a price of $1,399.

Final Analysis

Comparing consumer headsets with professional headsets is not fair. It is clear that the HTC Vive is aimed at enterprise customers; Customers who are willing to pay more for high-quality hardware and of course expect more responsive services. Among the two new HTC products, the Focus 3 headset is specially designed to meet the needs of the business sector. The so-called Vive Business Device Management System allows IT staff to manage Focus 3 headsets (just like they manage their PCs on the network). In addition, a secure app store has been prepared to access educational files and business software. According to some experts, the Oculus Store application store is not very secure.

That being said, from what has been said, the Vive Pro 2 and Focus 3 headsets are not made for personal use. This shows that there is a lot of undiscovered potential in the VR headset market. According to Dan O’Brien, HTC Vive’s internal manager, companies that choose high-end headsets for their employees and usually spend more money on these devices will see a return on their investment within 6 months to a year. . For example, attending a business meeting using a virtual reality headset will undoubtedly cost less than buying a first class plane ticket.

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