HTC reveals VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0

The HTC VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0 looks to be the most precise yet.


A leading name in the world of virtual reality, HTC’s VIVE products look to fully immerse users and deliver supreme VR experiences. Now, the company has revealed the VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0, which it says is capable of precise tracking of facial expressions and emotions.

The HTC VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0 was revealed on March 10 with a listing to the company’s website. A tweet was made detailing what the new product is capable of. “It's time to put your best face forward. VIVE Facial Tracker seamlessly tracks 38 facial movements across the lips, jaw, teeth, tongue, chin, and cheeks allowing you to be your most expressive self, whether socializing virtually or in performance capture.”

HTC’s Senior Director Shen Ye shared the VIVE Facial Tracker’s specs on his personal twitter account. In addition to being significantly smaller and lighter than the previous gen, the VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0 features 75 percent more battery life, as well as USB-C support. HTC boasts that this new headset boasts practically no latency and can pick up on the subtlest of expressions.

The HTC VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0 is just the latest product revealed from one of the premiere names in VR. If you’re interested in picking one up yourself, the VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0 costs $129 and is set to release soon, more information can be found on the official listing. For more out of the tech company, visit the Shacknews topic page dedicated to HTC.

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    March 10, 2021 9:08 AM

    Donovan Erskine posted a new article, HTC reveals VIVE Facial Tracker 3.0

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      March 10, 2021 11:03 AM


      They are two separate products. They revealed a new tracker (v3) that you can attack to parts of your body or objects and a new facial tracker (first of its kind for VR) that can be attached to the bottom of the headset.

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      March 10, 2021 11:03 AM

      New tech. Amazing.

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        March 10, 2021 3:23 PM

        I threw my $10 in on a Deca Gear VR a while back specifically because of the eye and facial tracking focus, although trying to create an inside-out tracking system from scratch has me worried. With that big exception, I don't think anything they're promising is too outlandish for the price.

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          March 11, 2021 12:11 AM

          Thats pretty amazing!! And at $450, incredible!

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            March 11, 2021 12:40 AM

            I really hope they can deliver in their promises. Even though a headset like this would be a blip on the sales chart compared to Oculus, Valve, and HTC it would show that competition on the hardware side is possible and, hopefully, encourage others to throw their hat in the ring. Like I posted above, my biggest worry right now is that they're having to create their own inside-out tracking system. From what I've heard about the non-Oculus solutions to that problem, specifically WMR headsets, they sound finicky at best.

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