There’s been a reasonable amount of teasing info released regarding HTC Vive’s plans for its first ViveCon event next week, with it being a given that a new virtual reality (VR) headset will be revealed. However, there have been hints that more than one device will feature, with a new report indicating that HTC plans to unveil Vive Focus 3 and Vive Pro 2 headsets, both firmly geared towards enterprise use cases if the pricing is accurate.
In documents reportedly seen by Protocol, HTC will be announcing the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition, the next iteration of its standalone headset range, and the Vive Pro 2, continuing its line of tethered PC VR headsets. Prices then briefly appeared on an e-commerce website called Alzashop which supposedly listed the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition for €1,474 ($1,771), whilst the Pro 2 retailed for €842 ($1,012). If they’re even remotely accurate then HTC is most definitely looking at the business end of the market.
This would certainly track considering HTC’s recent Twitter teases which said: “Now that the accessories are out of the way, let’s get down to business.” Referring to the recent launch of the new Vive Tracker and Vive Facial Tracker. Plus there’s the little mention on the ViveCon website that it’ll feature “game-changing VR headsets.” While no specifications have been released just yet Protocol does mention that the devices will be available at the end of May.
There’s now less than a week to go until ViveCon 2021 and if you wanted any more confirmation of HTC Vive’s focus towards enterprise use cases then look no further than the event session talks. These are all geared around collaboration, training, health, design, and the arts. The only one even remotely gaming-oriented is location-based entertainment (LBE) so there could be some surprises there.
Plus, if you sign-up for the event you’ll be in with a chance of winning “a next-level Vive VR system” the website proudly mentions, so that’s always a bonus.
ViveCon 2021 runs from 11th May at 5 pm BST until 12 May, with day one focused on the keynote and day two hosting all the developer sessions. For further updates as they come in, keep reading VRFocus.