Published on June 29th, 2021 | by Emergent Enterprise0
HTC Vive Focus 3 Review
It’s always encouraging to see new models of VR headsets being launched by the big players in the field. New models should mean new improvements, functions and innovation. And that certainly seems to be the case as presented in this review of the HTC Vive Focus 3 by Bobby Carlton at VR Scout. The review does show that HTC is answering big roadblocks of corporate VR adoption like genuine immersion and user experience in fit and comfort. The big problem is still price. If a company wants to adopt the Focus 3 or a Hololens they have to put up big bucks especially to scale it throughout the enterprise. This puts developers like HTC and Microsoft in a tough spot. How do you fit all that technology into a comfortable form factor and, ultimately, at an affordable price? Unfortunately, it seems like it will be some time before these two requirements meet and enterprise VR adoption becomes widespread.
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HTC’s latest all-in-one VR headset features a number of big improvements for an equally big price tag.
HTC’s Vive Focus 3 is officially available through the HTC website starting today, and with its brand new lightweight design, improved specs, AI-powered inside-out tracking, magnetic gasket, and a swappable battery, this headset offers big improvements from its predecessor, for a price.
The Vive Focus 3 offers dual 2.88” LCD panels with a resolution of 2448 x 2448 pixels per eye and a refresh rate of 90Hz powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 platform built specifically for XR. The dual-element lens offers an ultra-wide 120-degree FOV, allowing you to work comfortably in VR for longer periods of time.
The headset also boasts a unique directional speaker design to prevent sound leakage but while maintaining environmental awareness. This means you’re able to have conversations with your colleagues without having to worry about people around you hearing any sensitive information. At the same time, you’re able to hear in-headset audio without being distracted by sounds from the real world.
Those are some of the hard facts about the all-in-one headset. Now let’s dive into our hands-on review.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
Inside the box, you’ll find the Vive Focus 3 headset, two controllers, a battery, battery charger, a controller charging cable, and a standard cleaning cloth. The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the headset is how light it feels in your hands. That’s due to the new magnesium alloy chassis; the Focus 3 is 20% lighter than HTC’s previous Focus headset. It’s also 500% stronger than traditional plastic, just in case you happen to drop it.
In addition to weight, the Focus 3 feels extremely well-balanced. HTC put the replaceable battery in the back of the headset, greatly improving the overall weight distribution. The unique 45-degree arm design also helps create a comfortable balance point.
If you wear glasses like me, you’ll appreciate how the Focus 3 allows for 150mm-wide glasses. However, I did experience some small discomfort. When you put the headset on and turn the knob in the back to tighten, the Focus 3 slightly pushes your glasses down on the bridge of your nose. The discomfort is minimal, but noticeable nonetheless. Other than that, the gasket at the front of the headset and the padding at the back result in an overall comfortable fit.