Focusing on Enthusiast and Enterprise Segments, HTC Launches Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3
Oculus and HTC began their work in the virtual reality realm simultaneously, but each is now playing in a different segment. Oculus is now focusing on the consumer segment at large, with Quest 2 as the only VR headset they offer, while HTC leans more towards the enthusiast and enterprise segments.
Both seem to be quite comfortable with such segmentation. HTC recently introduced two new VR headsets, the Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3, and YOU intended none of them to be competitors to Oculus Quest 2. The Vive Pro 2, like its predecessor, is designed for enthusiasts who have high-spec PCs, while the Vive Focus 3 is the successor to the Vive Focus Plus aimed at the enterprise.
Physically, the design of the Vive Pro 2 looks quite identical to its predecessor. HTC doesn't think there's much to change, as the headset has proven comfortable to use. Overhauled are the innards, specifically the display panel, which now offers a resolution of 5K (2448 x 2448 pixels per eye), a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz, and a field of view of 120°.
Another story with Vive Focus 3. The design has been changed a lot to improve its comfort significantly. The frame is now made of magnesium, making it about 20 percent lighter than its predecessor, and at the same time, much more durable than similar headsets whose bodies are made of plastic.
The weight distribution is now more balanced thanks to the battery module positioned at the back. More interestingly, the battery can be easily removed, perfect for enterprise consumer needs that may require the headset to operate nonstop for hours.
As before, the Vive Focus 3 is a standalone headset, which means it can operate independently without the help of a PC or smartphone. HTC trusts the Qualcomm XR2 chipset as its brain, while the display is quite similar to the Vive Pro 2 — 2448 x 2448 pixels per eye with a field of view of 120° — only the refresh rate is only 90 Hz.
In the United States, the HTC Vive Pro 2 will reportedly soon be marketed at $749 (headset only), or $1,399 for a complete package that includes two base stations and two controllers. The Vive Focus 3, on the other hand, will sell for $1,300 starting at the end of next June.