HTC Seemingly Teases a New Vive Headset
HTC is teasing once more following the launch of its virtual reality accessories that were similarly preceded by teases.
This time, HTC’s Twitter account has shared a single teaser image accompanied with the text that states, “now that the accessories are out of the way, let’s get down to business.” The text accompanies an image of what looks like a new Vive headset.
Now that the accessories are out of the way, let's get down to business. pic.twitter.com/OxIVCVQYk5
— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) April 9, 2021
The latest Twitter tease has come following the launch of new Virtual Reality accessories from HTC. These, too, had been teased ahead of the reveal. The text accompanying the latest teaser strongly suggests that the company is indeed onto a new Vive headset. The phrase “let’s get down to business” also suggests that the new Vive headset might be enterprise-focused. It isn’t clear yet whether this will be a VR or AR headset.
— Alvin Wang Graylin (汪丛青) (@AGraylin) April 9, 2021
HTC’s Vive China president Alvin Wang Graylin tweeted this same photo accompanied by the hashtags “#XR #VR #Vive” along with the message “can’t wait to share the bigger picture.”
If the teaser is that of a headset, it seems like the photo is that of a single corner-mounted tracking camera that is the same as what is found in the Oculus Quest and other headsets. This would mark a departure from the previous Vive headsets where the camera is positioned either on the front or on the sides. It is, therefore, highly likely that this is an entirely new product that hasn’t been revealed before and that it is not a tweak of an existing Vive headset.
Early last year, HTC unveiled the Vive Proton which is a prototype of a compact standalone virtual reality headset. Not much has been heard of the Proton since its reveal a year ago. The designs that HTC released in the latest teaser image also don’t appear to resemble the Proton, unless HTC has considerably altered the camera placement. This could be a possibility since it has been a full year since the Proton reveal, enough time to make significant design changes.
It will be interesting what HTC is up to in its latest teaser.