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HTC Vive gets its own integrated headphones on June 6

HTC Vive gets its own integrat...
HTC's Deluxe Audio Strap adds integrated headphones (similar to those on the Oculus Rift) to the Vive VR headset
HTC's Deluxe Audio Strap adds integrated headphones (similar to those on the Oculus Rift) to the Vive VR headset
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HTC's Deluxe Audio Strap adds integrated headphones (similar to those on the Oculus Rift) to the Vive VR headset
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HTC's Deluxe Audio Strap adds integrated headphones (similar to those on the Oculus Rift) to the Vive VR headset

HTC unveiled the Deluxe Audio Strap (along with other accessories) for the Vive virtual reality headset back at CES 2017 last January, but it's just been given a release date: June 6. The adjustable rig fits onto the Vive for a comfortable built-in audio experience, instead of having to use separate headphones.

We had some hands-on time with the Audio Strap at CES, and while we agreed it was comfortable to wear and easy to adjust between users, we'll have to test it out in a non-conference setting to do a more thorough evaluation of the audio.

At US$99.99 each, the Audio Strap does not seem like a necessary expenditure, but it could be a nice addition for anyone dissatisfied with using standard earbuds or their own headphones in VR. For those who might be considering buying a Vive, it's important to point out that the Vive's main competitor, Oculus Rift, comes with a similar audio setup right out of the box.

The Deluxe Audio Strap will be included in the Vive Business Edition (Vive BE) bundle. Developers and businesses that purchased a Vive BE after February 27 will also receive a Deluxe Audio Strap when the accessory starts shipping in June.

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