HTC Vive have had another embarrassing leak today after photos surfaced on social media site Reddit, apparently showing the unreleased HTC Vive Development Kit 2 and controllers.
The unverified images show a much sleeker headset than the Vive Development Kit 1, with what appears to be a front mounted camera. The addition of the camera had led to speculation that it is a pass-through camera for augmented reality applications, but the official word from Vive is that it is for external object detection only, and it isn’t for pass-through.
The HTC Vive headset was developed in conjunction with Valve, creators of such ground-breaking games as Portal and Half-Life. HTC manufactures some of the finest consumer electronics on the planet and Valve is an unrivaled architect of virtual worlds. Vive is powered by Valve’s SteamVR so plenty of games that take advantage of its capabilities will soon be available on the Steam service.
The Development Kit 2 headset is due to be launched at CES in early January, with HTC Vive public release (consumer version 1) expected to be released in April 2016.
There is still no news on how much the headset is expected to cost or when pre-orders will open, but if you are still hoping to get your hands on a Vive before April, the company has previously stated that they will be ‘starting the new year by making an additional 7,000 units available for developers.‘