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Technology HTC will reportedly unveil Vive Focus 3 Business Edition and Pro 2 at Vivecon

08:15  05 may  2021
08:15  05 may  2021 Source:   engadget.com

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The Vive Focus 3 Business Edition will be a standalone enterprise headset following up the Vive Focus Plus, while the Vive Pro 2 will be a high-end PC VR successor to the original Vive Pro. According to the Alzashop pages, the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition will retail for €1,474 (approximately 70) and Protocol reports that both devices will be available to purchase by the end of the month. HTC has been teasing hardware announcements for the last few weeks and confirmed it would unveil “game-changing” VR headsets at ViveCon next week, which runs from May 11-12.

The Vive Focus 3 Business Edition will be a standalone enterprise headset following up the Vive Focus Plus, while the Vive Pro 2 will be a high-end PC VR successor to the original Vive Pro. According to the Alzashop pages, the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition will retail for €1,474 (approximately 70) and Protocol reports that both devices will be available to purchase by the end of the month. HTC has been teasing hardware announcements for the last few weeks and confirmed it would unveil “game-changing” VR headsets at ViveCon next week, which runs from May 11-12.

HTC is gearing up to launch two new enterprise virtual reality headsets at Vivecon this month, according to Protocol. The publication has spotted mentions of a Vive Focus 3 Business Edition standalone headset and a high—end Vive Pro 2 PC-VR headset in company documents. In addition, the headsets were reportedly listed on European e-commerce website Alzashop for a short time before they were taken down. The Vive Focus 3 was listed for €1,474 ($1,772), while the Vive Pro 2 was priced at €842 ($1,012) — both listings said the headsets will be released on May 20th, though that may just be a placeholder date.

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The company previously posted a photo showing a small part of a black device in a teaser ad for Vivecon, which at least confirms that we can expect a new hardware reveal. Back in April, a leak from the World Design Guide awards showed a fitness-focused VR headset called the Vive Air with four tracking cameras like the Oculus Quest. A spokesperson told us it was just a concept, but that its "design language has elements and inspirations you'll see elsewhere in [the company's] products."

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Vive Focus is HTC ’s standalone headset line. While the company never formally launched a ‘ Vive Focus 2’, it may simply be considering the Vive Focus Plus enough of a sequel to the original to jump to a Vive Focus 3 . The claim of a Vive Pro 2 is interesting, and could mark a reversal for HTC . Guys, how many times do we have to be reminded that is is for business , which means it would make no sense for regular consumers to buy them. The headset themselves aren’t going to be worth that much.

HTC is planning to unveil two Vive virtual reality headsets at its ViveCon 2021 conference that’s happening on May 11th and May 12th, according to Protocol. While the original Vive and Vive Pro headsets were associated more with gaming, the high-end Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3 Business Edition will reportedly be aimed toward the enterprise sector. Before those shop listings were taken down, the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition showed a €1,474 (,771) price, and the Vive Pro 2 was listed for €842 (,012), according to Protocol.

If HTC truly does launch the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition, it will most likely be positioned as a much more expensive enterprise-level Oculus Quest competitor. We tested its predecessor, the Vive Focus Plus, in 2019, and found its controllers much improved over the original model's. Meanwhile, we found the first Vive Pro comfortable to wear and powerful enough to run a variety of VR titles without hiccups. We'll found out for sure whether HTC is unveiling new VR headsets at Vivecon, which will be held virtually on May 11th and 12th.


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