Leaked Renders Of A New HTC Vive Headset Show Polished Design

HTC and Valve's Vive headset just might be one of the most exciting VR headsets to date for gamers, with a promising future thanks to the development help from Valve who is famous for a number of wildly popular PC games, as well as the Steam platform which is a digital store of PC games. The HTC Vive is slated for a launch in April of 2016 for the first generation of consumer units, but thus far the headset hasn't had any visual change since it first appeared. You can see a more detailed look at the current offering in our hands on video here.

With the launch of the Vive coming up, many are likely wondering what HTC and Valve will do to change up the visual appearance of the final product, and while these may not be what a consumer model looks like, some new images that were discovered on Reddit today seem to show what could be the revision of the Vive with a slightly updated design, which could be the 2nd Generation of the development kit. One of the most noticeable changes is that HTC and Valve seem to have made the dimples on the front smaller. On the model that was shown off this year at numerous different events, it looks a lot more like a development kit than these new images, where the the potentially new design seems more polished. The head-tracking camera has also been moved to the bottom of the headset instead of directly in the center, however it does still reside in the middle.

The design seems to have been updated for the controllers as well, which also have a more refined appearance compared to before. You can see triggers on the underside with a touch pad sensor on the top of the controller where you place your thumbs, and the top of the controller which used to be a hexagonal paddle shape is now rounded and more smooth. There also appears to be a home button as well as a button to open up the menu. The band that fits around the sides and the top also look to be more finalized here and likely more comfortable as it seems to have some cushion, perhaps similar to what can be found on the Gear VR instead of just a simple strap that fits around the back of your head. There's no word on whether or not these renders are legitimate, or when this version of the headset will be available if they are. Chances are though that HTC will have some things to show off in the months ahead.

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