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Gaunt Francis Architects discusses VR and why HTC Vive Pro price tag is appropriate

The HTC Vive Pro kit, launched earlier in the year, retails for an impressive £1,299 in the UK. The price has raised eyebrows, owing to the currently dismal state of the VR sphere. Gaunt Francis Architects, the commercial design company, acknowledges the numerous applications of VR tech in professional scenarios. Companies that are pushing the envelope are benefiting from the technology.

Gaunt Francis Architects, established two decades back, has welcomed VR since its early commercial days. The company has acknowledged the possibilities of dynamic 3D modelling development, to be more interesting than portrayed in science fiction. Hannah Martin, Marketing Executive, expressed gratitude towards gamers who were responsible for fuelling VR hardware and software development.

The company has found a newer creative method, by enabling employees to witness probable design spaces from the perspective of users. They can also make real-time modifications if needed. Martin elaborates that the experience is unique, allowing creators to explore designs from the within. Client and associates can be better communicated with, as 3D designs are useful for avoiding confusion. Users get as close and vivid a view as professionals creating the designs.

Allowing creators to explore designs from the within. Client and associates can be better communicated with, as 3D designs are useful for avoiding confusion. Users get as close and vivid a view as professionals creating the designs. – Hannah Martin

Simon Dodd, IT Manager, Gaunt Francis Architects, states that the response to the organisation’s VR endeavours has been greatly positive. It has to do with resources including the original version of the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and several 3D rendering applications. Based on the market scenario, the company finalised investment into the Vive Pro. Despite the price being considerably high for the average gaming customer, the development is a good move for professional sectors.

Dodd explained that in his qualified opinion as a professional IT Manager and also a gamer, is that casual-use Vive consumers do not necessarily need to upgrade. He also recommended the Vive Pro for aspiring professionals, and that it is worthy of investment.

Dodd elaborated that he was satisfied with the type of experience provided by the two HTC Vive original headset versions, although he hoped for better resolution. He explained that accurate detailing and representation is of great importance. Hence, the Vive Pro which offers nearly 80 percent better resolution than its predecessors, is a good investment. He also regarded the new product as better built and more comfortable.

He noticed enhanced image clarity and was able to experience VR better with the new Vive Pro product. Dodd witnessed architects being involved and engaged for close to an hour-mark, and there weren’t any particular difficulties. The professionals could get closer looks at features, pointing out scopes of improvement, fetching screenshot images, etc., by combining Enscape with Vive Pro.

Despite the £300 price of an HTC Vive Wireless Adapter, Dodd believes that potential is huge, in respect to visits, consultations, and meetings. Enscape is experiencing consistent development, thereby making the HTC Vive Pro a key player in the professional arena.

With 4K and 8K developments, VR is set to take centre stage in the architecture and design fields.

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  1. Steve Probwise

    Expensive, but worth it!


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