HTC Vive Releases a Standalone VR Headset – The Vive Flow

Love VR? Then you’ll love the Vive Flow, which has recently been released by HTC Vive.

This standalone headset is designed with the casual consumer in mind, making it easier than ever for the general population to get excited about and use VR.

More specifically, this headset is engineered for consumers who have an interest in VR, and who enjoy both entertainment and wellness. Its current library of entertainment options focuses heavily on brain training, wellness, and light gaming.

The Breakdown, Features, Specs, Price of the HTC Vive Flow

Sitting at an introductory price of a cool $500, the Vive Flow is an affordable option for people looking to experience VR at its best without breaking the bank.

With an expected release date of November 2021, this VR headset is generating a lot of excitement as it’s designed for people that want to be entertained while relaxing and connecting with friends.

NOTE: While the release date hasn’t changed, the world’s struggling supply chain is raising questions about the availability and stock of VR headsets in stores this season.

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Photo from: Official Vive Website

Resolution and Field of View

Although the exact details behind the display have yet to be released, the Vive Flow is said to pack a whopping 3.2K resolution. With a refresh rate of 75Hz and a horizontal field-of-view of 100°, this headset is sure to deliver astonishing visuals.

Battery and Processing Power

As far as battery power, the Vive Flow relies primarily on an external USB battery pack. Although the battery pack is not included with the headset, the mind-blowing visual experience more than compensates for this minor caveat, making the added expense well worthwhile.

When it comes to processing power, this headset won’t disappoint either. It’s built with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR1 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB, more than powerful enough to run your favorite games, videos, and entertainment on demand.

Tracking and Input

The Vive Flow features generous 6DOF head-tracking. You can even pair your Android phone to be used as a 3DOF controller. Hand tracking may become an option post-launch, however, sources state that it will not be featured in the initial launch this November.

That said, you’ll be able to feed visual content in from your Android phone which means you watch content from your streaming apps or play Android flat games.  iOS devices may become compatible in the future, however, they are not supported at this time.

Accessories for the Vive Flow

When ordering, you can include an optional Vive Flow carrying case during pre-order. The well-designed case can be an advantageous add-on when traveling frequently and might be a good choice until third-party options become available.

While HTC is set to release an 0,000mAh external battery pack to power the headset, you can power it with virtually any other power bank.

While the carrying case is stylish yet practical, it’s the headset itself that’s attracting the most attention. With a unique range of capabilities and plenty of processing power, the Vive Flow has the potential to be one of the most exciting VR headsets of the year.

Apps and Content for the Vive Flow

In addition to mirroring content from your smartphone, the Vive Flow will also feature plenty of standalone apps that will add even more value to the device. You’ll be able to access these apps from the mobile version of HTC’s Viveport app store.

The Vive Flow is built with a focus on brain training, wellness, and light gaming, values that will be reflected by the type of apps you can find via Viveport. This puts it in a different bracket than many of the other VR headsets on the market which put a much more aggressive focus on gaming.

In a sense, the Vive Flow represents a new chapter in the story of VR headsets as a whole as it makes it possible to entertain yourself in a healthy and intelligent way. By encouraging users to connect with friends this headset has a social aspect to it that when combined with its focus on wellness and light gaming makes it one of the most unique Vr headsets in its class.

When to Pre-order Your Vive Flow Headset

Pre-orders for the Vive Flow have already started flowing in. If you want a unique VR headset that’s focused on something besides pure gaming, go ahead and pre-order yours today. When you pre-order this headset, you’ll get 7 free apps in addition to the carrying case.

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