Competition in the market is always a good thing for the customer, but it looks like the field of VR devices will soon move entirely to the Facebook page as their former competitors no longer have the right idea and are sending products that don’t exist to market. has the right vision and is basically just made to get the company to market at least something.
That was the case for HTC, a long-time active in the field of VR devices and standing shoulder to shoulder with Oculus with Vive devices years ago. However, since leaving Valvo, HTC has never considered any product that would really make a big difference in the field of VR devices, and while the Vive Pro 2 is of high quality, it is spoiled by its high price.
Yesterday HTC announced the well-thought-out all-new Vive Flow VR glasses. The idea was to offer customers a VR device that would be lightweight and actually look like glasses and could be used by almost anyone, even those who have never tried a VR device.
Depending on the shape, the engineers did a good job. The flow may still look a little strange, but the glasses are lightweight, portable and have an active cooling system so you never get hot. Flow is designed to watch movies, YouTube videos or stream in an ASMR environment without the hassle of installing additional programs and the like. Stream images to the glasses via Miracast connection and you are ready to go.
No matter how solid the idea was, HTC has smashed it everywhere else. First, here are the specs.
LCD screens have a resolution of 1600 × 1600, a viewing angle of 100 ° and a refresh rate of only 75 Hz. These are certainly not features you’d expect from a VR device in 2021, and they’re worse than Flow’s biggest competitor, the Oculus Questa 2, anywhere. Flow, but the problems don’t end here.
Vive Flow does not contain any controllers. You’ll have to use your smartphone to control apps, which is a tricky solution, especially if you want to make the device available to someone else. Also, the Flow isn’t really a wireless device. Engineers have made the glasses really light, but that’s because the battery inside the device is missing. This is attached with a cable and can be attached to the belt, but the cable soon becomes a hindrance and is by no means an ideal solution.
For all these device features and poor technical specifications, at least a comfortable price is expected. But that’s not the case, as the Vive Flow costs €569, which is practically more than the Oculus Quest 2 once again.
– Janko Roettgers (@jank0) October 13, 2021
What’s going on at HTC? During the introduction of Flow, the company was caught using stock photos on its official website, and then Flow glasses were glued in via Photoshop. Don’t they really have the money to make real pictures?
Flow can be pre-ordered on the official website and the first shipments will leave warehouses on November 2.