You can ditch the HTC Vive's headstrap for a better one with audio on 6 June

Deluxe Audio Strap brings Vive comfort up to level of its rivals
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HTC has announced that the Deluxe Audio Strap, announced back at CES, will be available starting 6 June.

For HTC Vive users this is going to be much-welcomed addition to the system, as right now the means of fixing the headset to your face are a little... make-do. The strap works, but it's not as comfortable compared to the Oculus Rift and PS VR.

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No longer though, as the Deluxe strap has a more ergonomic design and integrated headphones, as you may have guessed from the name. It balances the headset a little better on the head (we tried it out earlier this year) and makes the Vive feel a bit more polished overall. It's also easy to adjust to different sizes and get a nice comfortable fit around your head.

The strap costs $99.99, and you can read more about it on the HTC Vive blog. It's interesting to see HTC upgrading the Vive through accessories rather than big system iterations. It recently announced a real-time eye-tracking accessory, a pair of lenses you'll be able to buy separately and pop into the headset.

And of course we have the trackers, which turn any real-world object into an instrument for VR. HTC's modular approach to virtual reality is gradually unfurling.

You can ditch the HTC Vive's headstrap for a better one with audio on 6 June


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Prior to Wareable, Hugh freelanced while studying, writing about bad indie bands and slightly better movies. He found his way into tech journalism at the beginning of the wearables boom, when everyone was talking about Google Glass and the Oculus Rift was merely a Kickstarter campaign - and has been fascinated ever since.

He’s particularly interested in VR and any fitness tech that will help him (eventually) get back into shape. Hugh has also written for T3, Wired, Total Film, Little White Lies and China Daily.

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