It’s been a busy 12 months for HTC, and it looks like the VR headset maker has one last trick up its sleeve before the year is out.
Having already announced the HTC Vive Flow and Vive wrist tracker in October 2021 and January 2022 respectively, HTC has taken to twitter (opens in new tab) to tease the launch of another small form factor VR headset.
“Go small or go home,” reads the tweet, which presents a grim image of the new product in question. “We’re working on something big… we mean small. It’s a new headset!”, HTC confirmed in the answer section.
An equally vague press release – describing the HTC Vive Flow as the “first evolution” of the company’s “Proton project” – was sent to , suggesting that HTC’s upcoming Vive headset could be the so-called second evolution of said project. .
The HTC Vive Flow is essentially a pair of VR glasses, although despite its innovative form factor we found the headset to deliver mediocre performance and limited immersion for its pricey price tag ($499 / £499 / around AU$675) .
HTC’s upcoming Vive product, then, would do well to bring a more capable VR experience to the table. We’d like to see the new headset take the best parts of its predecessor – the Vive Flow’s comfortable lightweight design remains its biggest strength – and combine them with some more impressive under-the-hood credentials.
It’s hard to say at this stage whether shrinking further down the front of the form will allow HTC to fulfill that ambition, but the company is definitely bucking the trend by reducing its product lineup. Both Meta and ByteDance have beefed up – or are about to beef up – their respective VR offerings with premium-tier headphones, so we’re intrigued to see the target market HTC has in mind for its new comparable project.
For more VR-related content, check out our roundup of the best VR headsets to buy now. Alternatively, read the latest leaks surrounding Meta’s mysterious Project Cambria headset.