HTC is serial-teasing its next VR headset again, this time hyping the reveal of Vive Flow, which is reportedly a slim and light 6DOF standalone focused on media consumption, casual gaming, and VR experiences.

New information reported by Protocol ahead of its October 14th reveal holds that HTC will be likely targeting consumers with the new lightweight Vive Flow headset, something that is said to contain a chipset less powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 found in Quest 2 and Vive Focus 3.

Reportedly developed under the code name “Hue,” Protocol maintains it will also ship without motion controllers, instead relying primarily on its built-in hand-tracking to control apps and casual VR games.

HTC also released and new hype video on its Instagram, showing a quick flash of Flow’s hardware.

There’s not much to tell from the eight-second video, however it appears the headset’s temples can articulate, which suggests they may fold to some degree. We’ve seen similar hinges and on the Vive Proton prototype standalone first revealed in February 2020, although we’ve never seen it in action.

A thermos-like container previously seen in other marketing images would suggest Vive Flow can be stored in the carrying case though, which may mean it can cinch down into a fairly compact form-factor.

Image courtesy HTC

Light and casual VR media consumption used to be a pillar of Facebook’s modus operandi with 3DOF headsets Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Go, but has since shifted focus to building out its gaming-focused Quest platform in the recent years. This may have left a niche HTC is looking to exploit with Vive Flow.

Should all of the above prove true when it’s revealed on October 14th, the entrance of Vive Flow could signal HTC’s return to consumer VR—provided it has a suitably consumer-friendly price to match, which hasn’t been the company’s strong suit.

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HTC has shied away from directly targeting consumers outside of Asia like Facebook has done with its $300 standalone Quest 2, instead focusing on enterprise and prosumer segments with its latest VR hardware, such as the $1,300 standalone Vive Focus 3 and its $800 Vive Pro 2 PC VR headset.

HTC may also be banking on integration with a rumored social VR service called ‘Viveport Verse’, which sounds like the company’s own stab at building out its own metaverse platform. Companies such as Epic Games, Facebook, and Immersive VR Education’s platform ENGAGE have each already invested cash in the millions to ostensibly build out their own platforms with interconnected services.

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  • kontis

    “You mean you have to use your hands? that’s like a baby’s toy.”

    Physical tools are lame. No one uses knives, forks, spoons, pencils, mice, keyboards or touchscreens anymore. It’s all about moving fingers in the air now… just kidding it’s all about telepathy with BCI.

    This may have left a niche

    There were media viewers for decades and no one was buying them. That niche doesn’t exist.

    • knuckles625

      Yeah, every time I see a headset focused on media consumption, my thought is “Didn’t I see something like that in skymall magazine back in the early 2000’s?”

      You can find a 65” 4K TV on sale for only a little more than the quest 2, and that gap closes if you add the accessories needed to make it comfortable enough to actually watch a 90 minute movie. I don’t think the value proposition will ever be there to buy a headset for just media consumption.

    • Sven Viking

      Although any of those old media viewers I know of didn’t have even 3DOF head tracking, which generally makes for a considerably less comfortable experience.

  • mappo

    HTC pitch session:

    “What if we released a device that only does some of the things the competition does, but for the same or more money?”

    “Hell yeah, fire up the factory!”

    • johnny

      Yeah.. it’s really sad to see what happens to HTC.. the first htc vive was amazing and a revolutionary product that basically ignitedstarted REAL VR (roomscale), but since then they went very bad with each new product. I’m counting on valve to compete with facebookoculus eventually but I think it will be awhile before we see something from them.

      • Holdup

        Any company competing with Facebook would have to sell for a loss, and only real big companies can do that like say Google or Samsung.

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      • Jonathan Winters III

        This! With each new product tease, I get less and less interested in HTC.

      • Andrew Jakobs

        As a HTC Vive Pro owner I think, for the time it was released, they did an excellent job, only gripe I have is the awful fresnel lenses and I whished they would have opted for the clear lenses mod for later revisions, I’m hesitant to do the mod myself as it’s still my main headset for the time being (as I only have a RTX2060super).

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    • mepy

      What things does it not do?

      It does have:
      – No Facebook surveillance.
      – More compact and portable form factor.
      – Better hand-tracking.

      • Andrew Jakobs

        Who says it will have better hand-tracking? It only has two camera’s, and those are also needed for 6-dof tracking, so I don’t have a lot of hope for good handtracking.

        • mepy

          The degrees of tracking is a fair point for some games I suppose. But I expect the hand tracking to work better than it does on the Oculus Quest as it is the default input method. I doubt HTC would allow an other tracking issue to fault a new product again.

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  • VRFriend

    “is said to contain a chipset less powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 found in Quest 2” – this doesn’t look good. Only for streaming PCVR content?

  • grindathotte .

    Probably low FOV, but hopefully high ppi, suitable for media viewing. I wonder if it’s amoled?

    • mirak

      If not I pass and get a Quest 1 second hand.

  • Ad

    So a Lynx but not as good and no AR?

  • Source Caster

    Who cares…

  • Mario Baldi


  • palmer fuckey

    I am so tired of nikki moxxi, she is smelly, now I can use this device to watch som3 good vr porn.

  • Holdup

    With a less powerful chip than quest 2 and no motion control, it could still have a market if the price is like 150.00 USD or lower and the field of view is as large, it’s a being pitch as a “media viewer tho so I doubt.

    • Jonathan Winters III

      True – but I guarantee it will be very near or more expensive than Quest 2. Another slam-dunk+drown from HTC lately. I’m not sure how they even stay in business anymore?

    • Andrew Jakobs

      It’s gonna be $499

  • LowRezSkyline

    There is a huge pent-up demand for a non-Facebook, low-cost self-contained VR headset like this. I am truly astonished Sony, Nintendo, MS or even Apple haven’t entered this market already, or why HTC or Valve haven’t already done so.

    • ShaneMcGrath

      I agree, If Samsung made a new updated wireless version of their Odyssey headset I would get it.

  • I’m actually not offended by the weaker specs or the general ambitions of the product; I’m definitely of the opinion that there is a healthy space to be taken up by the hole left by the Oculus Go, but 1) I don’t think I could commit to something that’s completely hand tracking-based and 2) I’ll be damned if it’s HTC that I trust to fill that gap adequately.

    • mepy

      I doubt it’s completely hand tracking based. You can probably still buy controllers, maybe the Vive Focus 3 controllers if you want to game, but you don’t have to. If you just want a completely hand tracked media platform that also supports some games and apps for just hand tracking then you can have that. It makes sense really as not every person that wants VR is a VR gamer. It also makes sense if you already own a PC VR gaming headset and just want a media viewer on the go..

      • Sad to see that you’re wrong on this one.

  • Gonzax

    Less powerful than a Quest? for real? and who exactly are they supposed to be selling this product to?

    I honestly don’t get HTC, either they’re given free money to spend on whatever device they want to build or I just can’t understand the logic behind their line of products.

  • Andrew Jakobs

    I think this will have specific uses, like an excellent VR headset for VR meetings and other casual VR stuff. If they can keep the price below the Quest 2 it might have a chance. But it also depends on the specs of the screens itself, no-one wants to go back to an FOV less than any of the current headset, not even for casual stuff.

  • Foreign Devil

    HTC Blood Flow: The dedicated, hands free VR porn viewing device! They’ve maybe found their market.

  • Source Caster

    as always with HTC ;)

  • dk it’s almost all here one day early

    • Andrew Jakobs

      Yes, but looking at what is shown doesn’t give me real confidence. I have a big feeling the FOV will be low due to usage of microdisplays. And only 2 camera’s for tracking, which hopefully will have handtracking, but also none of the images show any hint at that. So it it’s just a 6-dof headset with lower FOV and no motioncontrollers for $499 is a hefty price for a souped up Oculus Go.

      If it does have handtracking it might be a great headset for virtual meetings as they are less cumbersome as the Quest 2 (which is already pretty good for hat).

  • oomph2

    it is a chinese product now
    who benefits: PLA, communists & Xi pig the virus monger

  • ShaneMcGrath

    Not interested in Quest either, Won’t touch Fakebook crap.
    Only hope is for Samsung to bring out a new Odyssey.

  • david vincent

    How is HTC still alive and launching new products ?

  • Larry James

    Vive seems to have been mainly focusing on enterprise customers and developers for sone time now. With enough people not liking Oculus rolled into their Facebook account, their poor sometimes customer service, sometimes hardware fail with thier newer headsets, and sudden sunset of the Oculus Go after a lot of 3dof people adopted it. There is probably room for another relatively inexpensive 6dof standalone headset in the marketplace. Currently there pretty much is only the Quest 2. It’ll be interesting to see where the app development goes & what is available storefront and ecosystem wise.