Wireless VR for your phone, not your PC
The best thing about the new HTC Vive Flow is that the $ 500 headset doesn’t require you to give Facebook access to use it, but there are a few tradeoffs compared to Oculus VR headsets. Most importantly, the headset will require an Android phone and connect via 5G and HDCP 2.2 connection to mirror the video being played on your headset or Bluetooth to be used as a controller. It’s not clear if this 5G connection to your phone is required to display video on the headset at this time, but it could well be used as a source.
The optics will offer a 100 degree field of view, as opposed to the 90 degrees you get from the Quest, and the dual 1600 × 1600 displays operate at a comfortable 75Hz frequency. It offers the same six degrees of freedom, with just two. cameras against four present on the Oculus, which could pose problems of precision. It also only supports using a phone as a controller, at least as far as we know at the moment, which is a shame for those who already have wireless controllers from other headsets.
Technical details are scarce, no word on the processor but there is 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of “ROM” in the headset, which weighs only 189g. Ars Technica has gathered a few more details about this helmet, which would make The Monarch proud; located right here.