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A light way to enter VR.

Wave flow.۔

Image: Sam Rutherford

HTC View’s first real entry level. The consumer virtual reality headset is here, and at first glance it looks like a direct competitor. Oculus Quest 2.The mainstream headset in the Viewflow has the potential to be more – but it will cost you.

Of View Focus 3. This is largely for enterprise users, so we were anxious to see what the first Vive VR headset would look like for regular people. The Flow Quest is very similar to Quest 2, but is taking a slightly different approach to the HTC design, making it lighter and easier to wear, and perhaps even more comfortable.

Instead of the traditional eye-style headset, the Flu was designed to fit like a pair of sunglasses, so there’s no weird strap on your head. Sure, Flow is a relatively large and heavy pair of sunglasses that make you look like a bug, but they still fit more like sunglasses.

Wave flow.۔

This flow relies on an external battery that is connected for power via USB-C and a wireless connection to your phone for control and visuals.
Image: Sam Rutherford

On a speculative basis, Quest 2 has a slight lead, with Wave Flow topping the list with 75Hz refresh rate (up to 120 Hz for Quest 2) and 1600 x 1600 per eye resolution. For Quest 2 (compared to 1832 x 1920 per eye), although the flow is slightly wider than the 100 degree field (vs. 89 degrees of Quest 2).

But more importantly, with a body that weighs only 6.6 ounces (more than a pound for Quest 2) and no strap that doesn’t rotate in the back of your head, I Found that the flow is really easy to put and take quickly. Close. HTC has also introduced 3D special speakers in the arms of the Flow, so there’s no need to move around with separate headphones, although you have the option to connect your Bluetooth audio devices if you wish.

Wave flow.۔

Flow has a magnetic face mask that is easy to attach and disassemble for cleaning.
Image: Sam Rutherford

One of the key tricks used to create HTC Flow is to dig up the built-in battery. Instead, there is a short USB-C cable that extends to one side, allowing you to plug it into a portable battery pack and put it in your pocket, or to attach the battery to your waist. Can use clips.

Another important difference between Flow and Quest 2 is that it doesn’t come with Flow Controllers. Instead, connect your Android device (sorry, iPhone users) to Flow to turn your phone into a virtual controller that you can use to navigate and select menu items in VR. Another advantage of connecting your phone is that, while it uses Bluetooth for motion control, it can connect with the flow via Miracast to display content, so you can connect your phone to VR Can use and work like Netflix, YouTube, and any other streaming. Video apps on a large virtual screen.

Wave flow.۔

On the arms of Wave Flu are these small places where its native speakers live.
Image: Sam Rutherford

Flow is not fully compatible with the current ViewPort catalog, but it will launch with support for about 100 different apps and games. But in addition to playing regular VR games, HTC hopes that people will use Flu as a relaxation and meditation tool, so you can take a 20-minute break in the middle of the day or between a distraught family. To be able to

And by making the flow so light and smooth, HTC is also advancing the flow as an accessible tool. The company is working with developers such as. MyndVR, Which is used as a flow headset. Treatment tools for seniors with Alzheimer’s. Helping to relax and reduce feelings of loneliness in long-term care facilities.

I had a little time to test the flowout, and I really like how easy it is to use, and how it makes the process of entering VR (and beyond). If you haven’t used a previous standalone VR headset, using your phone as a controller still feels really intuitive, and comes with the bonus that you don’t have to carry physical controllers with you all the time, so It feels more portable than Quest. . HTC also has built-in throw-through cameras that you can activate with the touch of a button, though I won’t try to use them anyway.

Wave flow.۔

Image: Sam Rutherford

As a more portable and streamlined VR headset than the Oculus Quest 2, I noticed that the Flow has enough twists and turns to make its own space. Unfortunately, with the high price of $ 500 (Quest 2 starts at $ 300), you will pay a premium for this extra freedom and flexibility.

To help you find and facilitate access to streaming VR apps, HTC View is also offering a special ViewPort subscription that costs just 6 6 a month. Pre-orders for the flow are open today, with delivery beginning sometime in November.

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