On Monday, I wrote about leaked details about an unannounced HTC Vive Flow VR headset that is expected to be announced at an event on Thursday. Just a day later, we now know what it looks like thanks to photos shared by productive delicious Evan Blass, who have been actively posting new photos during the evening. According to a slide in a recent tweet, the device will cost $ 499 and begin shipping in November.
Here is the first batch:
Overall, the photos in Blass’ first tweet match many of the details reported by Protocol Monday, but they give a much better idea of what the final device might look like. (And I just want to say it: the leaked promo kind of makes users look like insects.) It’s hard to say if the large yellowish spots on the front of the headset are transparent; but if you look closely, it looks like there may be cameras embedded on the front of the device.
The first leaked photos seem to indicate that the headset will be tied via a cord to some sort of tubular device, which may provide a little extra power to the headset (similar to the original Magic Leap). Another set of images leaked by Blass shows that it also has internal processing (and a fan-style cooling fan), though:
Surprisingly, there does not appear to be a headband in these images of Vive Flow. Most headsets that people find comfortable balance their weight with some kind of strap, so we’ll have to try the Vive Pro ourselves to see if HTC has figured out a way to make the Vive Pro comfortable to wear. without one.
The new headset also bears a very close resemblance to HTC’s “Project Proton”, a prototype mixed reality device that the company unveiled in February 2020 with a similar buggy-eyed design and a similar option to be attached to a package. It’s unclear if Vive Flow is the latest retail development of the Proton, but it seems like a strong option.
If you want to learn more about Vive Flow, you may not have long to wait as the company hosts an event on Thursday with the random tagline “Go with the Flow.” Earlier Tuesday morning, HTC teased one very short glance what will be announced there – although it’s hard to say if it matches the leaked renderings from Blass, it certainly looks like a VR headset of some sort.
Update, October 12, 9:30 PM ET: Added several leaked details, including prices.