HTC’s new Vive Flow headset to launch this week

HTC plans to release a new VR headset this week and is also working on its own metaverse-like virtual world, according to a report from Protocol.

Let’s start with this new helmet first. It would be a standalone VR headset called Vive Flow and is intended to be a multimedia consumer device “with access to casual games”. Protocol said. However, it will not come with controllers and will be less powerful than the Oculus Quest 2, Protocol reports. The Vive Flow would be announced at the HTC event on October 14, which would make sense, as HTC is promoting the event with the tagline “Go with the Flow”.

The new metaverse space is apparently called Viveport Verse. According to a site on the service (which was live at the time of this article’s publication), you will be able to create your own 3D avatar and explore “a variety of events,” but the space will also have a “dining room.” ‘NFT exhibition’ and user-generated content ‘coming soon’. You apparently won’t need a VR device to visit Vivepoint Verse, however; the website states that it will be compatible with desktops, laptops, mobile devices, tablets, and VR headsets.

We’ve collected screenshots from the Viveport Verse website in the gallery below, in case HTC turns it off.

It’s unclear how this new Viveport Verse space would differ from the company-centric Vive Sync experience. It looks like Viveport Verse could be more of a series of virtual worlds of sorts, perhaps similar to Facebook’s Horizon Worlds, as opposed to Sync’s virtual meeting spaces for work.

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