HTC Vive may be getting ready to reveal some new VR hardware

HTC tweeted a close-up image of a device that bears a new Vive logo, sparking speculation that a new headset is coming soon.

Published Thu, Mar 4 2021 11:50 PM CST   |   Updated Wed, Apr 7 2021 7:33 AM CDT

HTC Vive dropped a bit of a tease on Twitter on Thursday. The company's social media manager released a screenshot of what appears to be a closeup of a new device with a Vive logo that we've never seen before. Is HTC about to make an announcement?

The HTC Vive Twitter page posted a screenshot of what appears to be a new Vive device on Thursday with a post saying, "It's your move." The image shows a tight closeup of a dark chrome Vive logo embedded in a black textured surface.

It's impossible to tell what the object is from the picture, but that's not stopping people from taking a guess. From the comments in the Twitter thread, it appears most people are hoping for an XR2-based standalone headset that competes with the Oculus Quest 2. Some people would also like to see a low-cost VR headset to replace the original Vive and fill the gap that the soon-to-be discontinued Rift S will create. Still, there is no shortage of cynical comments from people who don't trust Vive as a consumer brand anymore.

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The image is likely of a new headset, but we don't know that for sure. HTC could be developing some new accessories for its VR ecosystem. It's been a while since we've last seen a Vive Tracker accessory, so we can't rule that idea out. We guess that this is one of the "as yet unannounced headsets" that Vertigo Games hinted at.

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Kevin is a lifelong tech enthusiast. His fascination with computer technology started at a very young age when he watched a family friend install a new hard drive into the family PC. After building his first computer at 15, Kevin started selling custom computers. After graduating, Kevin spent ten years working in the IT industry. These days, he spends his time learning and writing about technology - specifically immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality.

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