HTC Improves The Vive's Ergonomics With New Audio Strap: Reviews Say The Accesorry Is a Big Improvement
HTC is keeping up with their promise of providing improved ergonomics for the HTC Vive. Although it won't do anything about the rumored "Vive 2" VR headset, the company has unveiled a new strap.
According to a PCGamer, the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is something worth the investment. Since its release in April 2016, the Vive has climbed the popularity boards. Recent surveys have shown that VR and AR developers are preferring HTC's VR headset.
It has outranked previous favorites like the Oculus Rift and Sony's PlayStation VR. However, despite the Vive's success, owners have openly complained of the headset's ergonomics. Some of them have suggested that HTC should look to improve this minor inconvenience. Instead of incorporating the changes on the rumored "Vive 2," the company has other plans in mind.
The HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is a huge upgrade to HTC's packed in earbuds. Considering that the company's VR unit is priced at $800, the stock earbuds sound cheap. Plus the packaged strap and earpiece feel stiff and hard to come by. PCGamer's Wes Fenlon tested the unit and noted that the strap is a big improvement.
The strap changes the experience of fitting and adjusting the HTC Vive. Users would not need to adjust the three separate velcro straps from the original setup. There is now only one on top of the headset, which according to HTC a user would almost never need to adjust. It gives owners the privilege of having a great fit without the need for many adjustments. The headset retails at $99.99 and will be available for preorders on May, deliveries will arrive in June.
Aside from the Deluxe Audio strap, HTC's Vive Tracker will also go on sale on March 27. The company will likely unveil more of the Vive's accessories in the future. Stay tuned for more updates.