Competitiveness in the market is always a good thing for the customer, but it seems that the field of VR devices will soon completely move to the Facebook page, as their former competitors no longer have the right idea and products to send the market that do not have the right vision and are basically made just to bring the company at least something to market.
This was the case with HTC, which has long been active in the field of VR devices and years ago stood shoulder to shoulder with the Oculus with its Vive devices. However, since its separation from Valvo, HTC has never considered a product that would really make a big difference in the field of its VR devices, and although the Vive Pro 2 is of high quality, it is spoiled by the high price.
Yesterday, HTC announced the brand new Vive Flow VR glasses, which were well thought out. The idea was to offer customers a VR device that would be light and actually look like glass and could be used by just about anyone – even anyone who has never tried a VR device.
Depending on the shape, the engineers did well. Flow may still look a little awkward, but the glasses are lightweight, portable and have an active cooling system, so you never get hot. Flow is intended for viewing movies, YouTube videos or released in an ASMR environment, without the hassle of installing additional programs and so on. Just stream the images via the Miracast link to the glasses and you’re ready for action.
As solid as the idea is, however, HTC has spoiled it everywhere else. First, here are the technical specifications.
The LCD displays have a resolution of 1600 × 1600, with a viewing angle of 100 ° and a refresh rate of only 75 Hz. These are definitely not the features you would expect from a VR device in 2021 and are also worse everywhere than the biggest competitor of Flow: Oculus Questa 2. The processor on the device is also worse, so you can not even really perform good games on Flow, but here the problems are far from over.
Vive Flow contains no controllers at all. You will need to use your smartphone to control the applications, which is a pretty inconvenient solution, especially if you want to offer the device for use to someone else. In addition, Flow is not really a wireless device. The engineers made the glasses really light, but this is due to the fact that the battery in the device is missing. This is connected via a cable and can be attached to the belt, but the cable will soon become an obstacle and is definitely not an ideal solution.
One would expect at least to get a comfortable price for all this cutting back on device features and poor technical specifications. But this is not the case, as Vive Flow costs € 569, which is practically more than Oculus Quest 2.
– Janko Roettgers (@ jank0) October 13, 2021
What the hell is going on at HTC? During the promotion of Flow, the company was caught using stock photos on its official website, after which Flow glasses were then pasted through Photoshop. Do they really have no money to take real photos?
Flow can be pre-ordered on the official website, and the first shipments will leave the warehouses on November 2nd.