HTC may announce two new Vive VR headsets on May 11

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HTC plans to unveil two Vive virtual reality headsets at the ViveCon 2021 conference taking place May 11-12, according to Protocol. While the original Vive and Vive Pro headsets were more associated with gaming, the high-end Vive Pro 2 and Vive Focus 3 Business Edition will reportedly target the business sector.

No specifications or images of either headset have surfaced, so it’s unclear if both are tethered headsets that require a PC to use or if there will be a standalone, wireless design to compete with that of the Oculus Quest 2.

The report of Protocol states that both headsets were mentioned in HTC’s corporate documents and also briefly mentioned on the European e-commerce site Alzashop. Before those store listings were removed, the Vive Focus 3 Business Edition was priced at € 1,474 ($ 1,771) and the Vive Pro 2 was listed for € 842 ($ 1,012), according to Protocol. Both headsets will reportedly launch sometime in May.

These headsets can be exciting in their own way, but another piece of equipment I hope to see at ViveCon is the fitness-centric Vive Air. A few weeks ago, photos leaked showing an attractive standalone VR headset with a breathable fabric design, and it led HTC to say it’s just a concept, unfortunately. But maybe that’s just what a company trying to downplay an exciting announcement would say, right?

We’ll know a lot more on May 11 at HTC’s VR conference, where the company says it will be introducing “game-changing VR headsets” during the keynote.