HTC Demos Open Vive XR Elite, VIVERSE for Business and Other Solutions at MWC23
HTC has unveiled the comfort options in the Vive XR Elite along with the Viverse Business, a new 5G streaming option, and a broadcast bundle.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC’s main focus was on business solutions for virtual collaboration. HTC made announcements and demos on a number of its solutions including Viverse for Business, film production tools, and 5G streaming solutions. HTC also showcased an alternative forehead pad for its new headset, the Vive XR Elite, that targets the consumer market.
The VR XR Elite is Becoming More Open
There is the “MR Face Gasket” which is a replacement for the Vive XR Elite’s larger light shield which has a small forehead pad. HTC says this will merge the natural environment in a passthrough AR mode with a peripheral field of view (FOV). This functionality is the same as that of the Meta Quest Pro and the Lynx R-1.
The Vive XR Elite’s new face pad has been designed for improved comfort and helps simplify XR tasks as it gives the user an awareness of their situation and position at all times and the ability to use real-world objects at the same time, HTC says.
A thin headband can be used for proper fit where desired. This is attachable on the side of the glasses’ temples and helps tilt the load to the top of the wearer’s head.
It is still not apparent whether there is a smooth transition between the real world and the computer worlds compared to the competing headsets that have been designed for this functionality.
However, the Vive XR Elite features a depth sensor and is built for augmented reality use. It only has a single camera for the passthrough image.
The “MR Face Gasket” will be available on the official Vive Store in Q2 2023. Pre-orders for the Vive XR Elite headset will begin shipping on March 10.
Get ready for an out-of-this-world #MixedReality experience with #VIVEXRElite MR face gasket! Seamlessly use real-world equipment and maintain situational awareness while immersing yourself in virtual worlds.
— HTC VIVE (@htcvive) February 27, 2023
Attendees at this year’s MWC tried out the headset’s forehead pad with the new augmented reality mode of the VR game Yuki which was created by the Brazilian studio Arvore. Yuki is an arcade shooter where players grasp the action figures in their hands, shoot them at colorful anime enemies, and move them through a sea of glowing bullets.
Players will not float through the room in a single direction in the planned “Yuki MRcade” mixed reality mode. The enemies will, instead, open portals and go into a real room from any direction.
Meta is yet to divulge the date and platforms for the free augmented reality mode. It is likely to be released for both Quest 2 and Quest Pro.
Partnership with Viverse for Business
The Viverse provides businesses with ready-to-use building blocks for crafting a modular design. It can be used for wide-varying tasks including creating avatars, communication features as well as visual room customizations.
At the Mobile World Congress 2023, Viverse and its partner Cityscape demonstrated how companies can leverage this kind of modular approach to build their own virtual environments and brand these with their own unique corporate design.
Several modules will be available for selection at launch. These include the following: –
- Common Rooms
- Team Rooms
- Meeting Rooms
- Reception Rooms
The platform can be accessed via both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality headsets, along with conventional electronic/computing devices like desktop PCs, smartphones, laptops, and tablets.
The Broadcast Bundle
HTC launched its Vive Mars Camtrack all-in-one solution last year. It is designed to simplify the recording of actors in front of virtual sets. The system was designed by VIVE to enable creators to have affordable and more streamlined virtual productions on-location and in the studios. It offers a mixture of camera shots and recorded tracking data all within a single device.
HTC also unveiled a limited-time broadcast bundle with Aximmetry’s matching software and Vive Mars Camtrack. The limited-time offer gives users in North America and Europe a 10% discount when buying the Vive Mars Camtrack and Aximmetry Broadcast DE Edition.
There is also a YouTube tutorial that further practically demonstrates the real-time graphics rendering mechanism of Aximmetry, including the way the individual boxes connect to Vive trackers.
After they have set up in front of the green screen, performers can move through a virtual background that will load in a matter of seconds.
The rendering of the background occurs in real-time, enabling the crew to preview the final result on set.
The Vive Mars CamTrack supports both the Freed protocol and Unreal Engine’s Live Link.
VR Arcades and 5G Collaborations
HTC also showcased the second version of its “Reign Core S2” 5G broadcast case for live-streaming applications.
The new version is more compact, faster, and provides a larger 5G coverage of 30,000 square feet according to the company. VIVE says the new broadcast case also complies with ORAN standards and is very mobile, allowing for seamless deployment in various settings including warehouses, offices, and pop-up spaces.
Visitors at the trade show also got the opportunity to try out Autodesk’s VRED 3D engineering collaboration. This allows for remote collaboration operations such as engineers in different physical locations working together in a virtual room and reviewing 3D prototypes.
Lastly, HTC showcased its Location-Based Software Suite (LBSS). This is a software package that, in conjunction with the Vive Focus 3 VR headset enables quick and easy setup of location-based experiences in various environments. The Vive Focus 3 headset was also the first to provide Microsoft Intune support a month ago.https://virtualrealitytimes.com/2023/03/01/htc-demos-open-vive-xr-elite-viverse-for-business-and-other-solutions-at-mwc23/https://virtualrealitytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Vive-XR-Elite.pnghttps://virtualrealitytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/Vive-XR-Elite-150x90.pngBusinessHTC has unveiled the comfort options in the Vive XR Elite along with the Viverse Business, a new 5G streaming option, and a broadcast bundle. At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, HTC’s main focus was on business solutions for virtual collaboration. HTC made announcements and demos on a number...Rob GrantRob Grant[email protected]AuthorVirtual Reality Times