HTC gives a first look at the lightweight competitor Meta Quest Pro

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Corresponding The edgewhich was provided with one Presentation of the new hardwareHTC plans to unveil another consumer-focused virtual reality and augmented reality headset at CES 2023 next month, with features to rival those recently announced MetaQuest Proincluding full color passthrough video.

Although the full announcement and reveal is still a few weeks away, HTC teased some early details about the unannounced hardware too The edge. how MetaQuest Pro and older Quest models, the headset will be a self-contained all-in-one unit (unlike most HTC’s other Offersthat requires a permanent connection to a gaming PC) with around two hours of battery life and support for controllers with six degrees of motion detection and hand tracking.

The unnamed headset will also include front- and side-facing cameras, allowing the wearer to continue seeing their surroundings in full color, facilitating augmented reality and mixed reality experiences. That was arguably the most compelling reason to splurge on the recently announced $1,500 Search Pro, as Meta’s older headsets only provide a grainy black-and-white video feed of a user’s surroundings to ensure they don’t crash into anything (or anyone). The new HTC headset may outperform the competition, however, as HTC promises enough detail for users to continue reading text on computers and smartphones via passthrough video, while the addition of a depth sensor also makes it much better at accurately mapping a surroundings of the user and inserting virtual content into it.

The rendering of the new headset doesn’t offer too much additional detail, although it doesn’t look significantly different from the current one HTC Viveflow, which looked like oversized goggles. That comes with hints HTC posted this October that its next big product will be compact and lightweight.

HTC will also reveal details about the pricing of the new headset at CES, however, said Shen Ye, the company’s global product head The edge that it has no plans to subsidize the hardware by collecting and selling user data, and as a result the new hardware will likely be significantly more expensive than the $400 Meta Quest 2. That’s good news for those who value their privacy , but it might do the new headset is a tough sell for most consumers who seem willing to trade privacy for heavily discounted hardware.”

Update 12/16/22 at 2:05 p.m.:

This article originally stated that the Vive Focus 3 requires a PC connection, which is not the case. We regret the mistake.

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