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mood posted a topic in Technology NewsHTC 'Vive Air' wireless headset leaks on design award site It looks to be designed to capitalize on the popularity of VR fitness. HTC HTC Vive is getting set to release a fitness-focused VR headset called the Vive Air, according to a leak from the World Design Guide awards. It looks to offer a lightweight, comfortable design with up to four tracking cameras — much like the Oculus Quest series, but with larger optics. According to the Design Guide description, the Vive Air is "specially designed for virtual fitness, optimized for high intensity with long use." To that end, it uses knitted materials inspired by running shoes that are breathable and quick-drying for better ventilation during heated exercise. It also features a quick-release design so you can easily pull off the soft components to wash them. HTC Training and active games like Beat Saber have been some of the biggest (and frankly, few) successes for VR. It's particularly compelling for boxing, dance and other fitness programs since it immerses you in a 3D environment where you can more easily see how to do moves. It also makes exercise more fun, adding measurable extra enjoyment compared to using music alone, according to one study. To that end, a dedicated VR fitness headset that's light, easy to wash and with better tracking capability makes a lot of sense. If HTC plans to release the device (which seems likely) it's not clear if it will introduce other fitness accessories as well. However, it's likely to reveal the new model and more details at ViveCon 2021 on May 11th and 12th of this year. HTC Update, Tuesday April 20th, 9:21am ET: An HTC spokesperson has shared the following statement, saying that the design is "only a concept" which contains elements that we'll see in future HTC products. It's exciting to see our concept piece, the VIVE Air VR headset, win an iF Design Award. While this is only a concept, the design language has elements and inspirations you'll see elsewhere in our products. We're not ones to rest on our laurels, so although it's great to win this award, we have business to attend to - hopefully we'll see you on 11/12 May at VIVECON. Source: HTC 'Vive Air' wireless headset leaks on design award site
Sony announces PlayStation 5 VR headset Next-gen PlayStation VR won’t launch until at least 2022 A photo of the first-generation PlayStation VR headset. The new PS5 headset’s design has not yet been revealed. Photo: Sony Interactive Entertainment Sony confirmed Tuesday that it’s working on the next-generation of its PlayStation VR system, offering first details on the new hardware coming to PlayStation 5. The next-gen PlayStation VR will offer “dramatic leaps in performance and interactivity” and “an even greater sense of presence,” Hideaki Nishino of Sony Interactive Entertainment said on the PlayStation Blog. PlayStation VR for PS5 will also come with a new controller inspired by the PS5’s DualSense and require only a single cord to hook up. “We’re taking what we’ve learned since launching PS VR on PS4 to develop a next-gen VR system that enhances everything from resolution and field of view to tracking and input,” Nishino said. “It will connect to PS5 with a single cord to simplify setup and improve ease-of-use, while enabling a high-fidelity visual experience.” Nishino said that Sony is working on a new VR controller that will “incorporate some of the key features found in the DualSense wireless controller, along with a focus on great ergonomics.” The current PlayStation VR system supports the DualShock 4 and PlayStation Move controllers, a technology that dates back to the PlayStation 3 era. Sony’s next-gen PlayStation VR won’t launch in 2021, Nishino said, but confirmed that developers are currently working with early hardware. The original PlayStation VR launched in 2016 for PlayStation 4, and a more streamlined version of the hardware was released the following year. The headset, originally priced at $399, was a comparatively low-cost, but good-enough solution for consoles, and Sony has continued to support the platform with new games over the years. PlayStation VR is currently supported on PlayStation 5, but requires an adapter to use. Source: Sony announces PlayStation 5 VR headset