The Virtual Reality Headset HTC Vive is currently more successful than the competing product Oculus Rift and is said to have been sold much better if you ask analysts. However, the Oculus Rift is much more sophisticated when it comes to the design of the headset itself, even if both devices are very similar technically.
So the Oculus Rift is lighter, can be better adjusted to the head, has good integrated headset and has significantly less clutter than the HTC Vive.
HTC had however according to a report by RoadtoVR already in 2015 explained , that originally the Vive had similar plans, however is was only partially implemented until the publication of VR headsets.
Compared to the Developer Kit of Vive, the design of the headset now available has hardly changed. It probably played an important role that the Vive should appear not much later than the Oculus Rift and was no longer time to integrate the planned changes.
But according to a report from China, which refers to suppliers of HTC, there could be a new version of virtual reality headset at the end of 2016 or early 2017.
This version is intended to have a “sleeker” design and some updated components. The HTC Vive 2.0 but will have little improvement of internal technique according RoadtoVR. HTC have probably heard the criticism around the little front-heavy headset and take care of the clutter, if the report from China is correct.
HTC has declined to comment on the issue.