The HTC VR Facial Tracker was only announced last week with the company claiming that their new tracker would only work on their top of the line Vive Pro headsets. Now, after some testing from people like Mike from YouTube channel Virtual Reality Oasis and others, we know that the VR Facial Tracker can technically be used on any PC VR headset with a little bit of DIY.
The HTC Vive VR Facial Tracker can track “38 facial movements across the lips, jaw, teeth, tongue, chin, and cheeks.”. It uses dual cameras running at 60Hz to track the facial movements and HTC claims this provides a tracking latency of 6ms.
Now, it looks like this new piece of kit can be bodged onto any PC VR headset you want provided you have the skills to do so, and the cables and adapters needed to connect it up. Virtual Reality Oasis got it running on a Valve index with a USB adapter and some double sided tape. Youtuber MRTV got it working on the Oculus Quest 2 but the video they posted proving it shows that it has a long way to go before it looks good.
Shen Ye, Senior Director and Global Head of Hardware Products at HTC confirmed that the VR Facial Tracker worked on other headsets, but he also had some warnings about the franken set ups:
“We can only guarantee performance with Pro as that’s the exact position we’d originally trained the recognition on.”
“USB A (m) to C (f) is actually against USB-IF specs. These adapters have no spec to conform to, so attempt this at your own risk.”