Vive may use a number of enhancements, and HTC desires you to have them with out shopping for a complete new headset.
Vive is the official digital actuality accomplice of SteamVR, which arguably offers it an edge over Oculus Rift and PlayStationVR – however of the three headsets, it’s the most probably to show annoyingly uncomfortable for prolonged play periods. The downside is the velcro strap that’s supposed to carry it in place is a ache to get proper.
Today at CES 2017 HTC unveiled an answer to that, and the additional excellent news is you don’t want to purchase a complete new VR headset to learn from it – only a alternative headstrap.
The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap has “a new 3-in-1 cable path”, no matter which means, inside padding and an adjustment dial for fast and straightforward becoming and elimination, one thing just like the PlayStation VR.
It additionally boasts built-in over-ear headphones, just like the Oculus Rift. I’m not in love with the thought of built-in audio as I like to decide on my very own cans, however HTC stated the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap delivers “360 degree VR audio”.
No pricing is accessible but however the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap will launch at retail within the second quarter.
HTC additionally talked about new trackers, an upcoming VR recreation subscription service and the truth that wi-fi adapters are coming for the Vive sooner or later sooner or later. That final bit is fascinating – the cables trailing round is without doubt one of the most annoying issues in regards to the present era of VR. Must be hell on batteries, although.