HTC has been annoyed that a new virtual reality headset might be unveiled at its Vivecon conference next week, but the company may have more up its sleeve. We hear reports that HTC has several VR headsets in the works. The company is expected to unveil at least two new headsets at ViveCon on May 11, and is likely to use the venue to talk about the recently leaked Vive Air.
The two headsets that are supposedly presented at ViveCon are the HTC Vive Pro 2 and the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition. HTC's sports-focused Vive Air was leaked late last month, but the company quickly debunked speculation that this particular model was about to hit the market. Instead, HTC said the Vive Air is just a concept.
"It's exciting to see our concept piece, the VIVE Air VR headset, win an iF Design Award," the company said in a statement to UploadVR at the time. "While this is just a concept, the design language contains elements and inspiration that you will see elsewhere in our products."
The Vive Air has a gray, breathable knitted fabric cover with neon green accents, which is not dissimilar to the design of the fitness clothing company Nike. HTC's promotional material shows a woman lifting weights while putting on the headset. Because of its design, the Vive Air could potentially be used to observe and track guided workouts, opening a new market for VR headsets.
For ViveCon, however, HTC seems to have its eye on the corporate VR market rather than the sports or fitness segment. HTC could relieve the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition, which is expected to be a standalone headset that does not require the wearer to be tied to a computer, and the Vive Pro 2, a premium VR based on PC, headset, which is designed as the successor to the Vive Pro. The company's teaser for ViveCon suggests these will be "breakthrough" headsets. Details about the headsets are not yet known.
Early leaks at Alzashop suggest the Vive Pro could retail for $ 1,012, while the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition could be priced at around $ 1,770, according to a separate report on UploadVR.
ViveCon will be held virtually this year, and those interested in VR can register for the conference on the HTC portal. Registration is free this year and ViveCon lasts two days. The conference begins on May 11th at 9:00 am and will last until May 12th, according to HTC.