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HTC’s Deluxe Audio Strap is a better headphone solution for the Vive

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HTC has announced the Deluxe Audio Strap, an accessory designed to provide a better headphone experience for the Vive VR headset. It works pretty similarly to the Oculus Rift’s built-in solution, routing the headset’s cables to one side and providing on-ear headphones that swing into place. The strap itself is also sturdier than the Vive’s stock unit, and is adjustable with a dial at the back.

Although the regular Vive’s 3.5mm headphone jack wins points for flexibility, in practice it’s fiddly and gives you yet another wire to deal with. This new option, together with upcoming wireless solutions for the headset itself, should reduce the clunkiness of the Vive experience.

The Deluxe Audio Strap is coming in the second quarter of this year; pricing will be announced closer to that date.