Following a few leaks, HTC Vive has officially announced the Vive Flow, which is their first pair of VR glasses.
“With VIVE Flow, HTC is taking technology in a new direction, focusing not on what we do, but on how we feel. Maintaining our wellness has come to the forefront in the last few years, with so many millions feeling stressed every day, so it has never been more important to take time out to calm our minds, and VIVE Flow provides the perfect opportunity to escape our four walls and immerse ourselves in our ideal ambience,” said Cher Wang, Chairwoman and CEO of HTC. “Meditation, gentle stretches, brain training, streaming our favorite shows or even meeting friends or coworkers in VR with VIVE Sync can all be enhanced by a device light and compact enough to fit in our pocket. VIVE Flow represents the next evolution of technology, as we take a more holistic view of how we can make life better.”
The Vive Flow offers a 100-degree FOV and 3.2K resolution at a 75Hz refresh rate to give users a cinema-sized VR screen.
The glasses are just 189 grams in weigh, feature a dual-hinge design and soft face gasket for better comfort.
With the Vive Flow, you’ll be able to use a number of experiences form the Viveport app and use your Android phone as a controller.
You’ll also be able to connect to your Android smartphone wirelessly to stream content from your favourite streaming services (HTC Vive hasn’t said which services or apps are supported).
To mirror content from your smartphone, your device need to support HDCP 2.2.
The company will be offering a Viveport subscription plan for the Vive Flow which costs $5.99 USD per month. The plan gives you unlimited access to a wide range of immersive apps from gaming to well-being and more.
The HTC Vive Flow is launching in November for $649 CAD ($499 USD) with pre-orders beginning today.
Source: HTC Vive