HTC gets first look at lightweight Meta Quest Pro competitor

HTC gets first look at lightweight Meta Quest Pro competitor
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According to the edgewhich featured a render of the new hardwareHTC plans to reveal another consumer-focused AR and VR headset at CES 2023 next month, with features that will potentially rival those recently announced. Meta Quest Proincluding full color transfer video.

Although the full announcement and reveal are a few weeks away, HTC teased some initial details about unannounced hardware for the edge. As the Meta Quest Pro and older Quest models, the headset will be a self-contained, all-in-one unit (unlike most htc other Offeringsthat requires a permanent connection to a gaming PC) with approximately two hours of battery life and support for controllers with six degrees of motion detection, plus manual tracking.

The unnamed headset will also include front and side cameras, allowing the user to see their surroundings in full color, facilitating augmented reality and mixed reality experiences. That was arguably the most compelling reason to splurge on the recently announced $1,500 QuestPro, as older Meta headsets only provide a grainy black and white video stream of a user’s environment to help ensure they don’t bump into anything (or anyone). However, HTC’s new headset will potentially outperform the competition, with HTC promising enough detail to allow users to still read text on computers and smartphones through passing video, while the addition of a depth sensor will also make be much better at accurately mapping a user environment and inserting virtual content into it.

The render of the new headset doesn’t provide too many additional details, though it doesn’t look substantially different from the recent one. HTC Vive Stream, which looked like an oversized pair of safety glasses. That goes with HTC’s suggestions in October that its next big product will be compact and lightweight.

HTC will also reveal pricing details for the new headphones at CES, but Shen Ye, the company’s global head of products, said the edge that it doesn’t plan to subsidize the hardware by collecting and selling user data, and as a result, the new hardware will likely be considerably more expensive than the $400 Meta Quest 2. That’s good news for those who value their privacy, but could do the nThe new headsets are a hard sell for most consumers, who seem happy to trade privacy for heavily discounted hardware.”

Update 12/16/22 at 14:05:

This article originally said that the Vive Focus 3 required a connection to the PC, which is not the case. We are sorry for the mistake.

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