Mishandling Vive Deluxe Audio Strap might break your HTC Vive Headset

Vive Deluxe Audio Strap

HTC Vive is currently one of the best high-end VR headsets in the market. It’s tracking technology, and room scale experience is still unparalleled compared to its competitors. However being a first generation product of its kind, Vive is not perfect, and it has its issues.

One of the biggest complaints from Vive users is the lack of comfort while wearing the headset. According to reports, Vive has been the least comfortable headset to wear compared to its main competitors, namely Oculus Rift and Sony Playstation VR. Vive headsets are said to be front heavy and put a lot of pressure on the face because of the way its stock strap is designed and becomes quite uncomfortable during long VR sessions.

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HTC has tried to address this issue by launching the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, this month. It definitely improves the comfort level by a large margin, and comes with its own headphones attached to it, like Oculus.

Instructions for installing Vive Deluxe Audio Strap  Here is the link


Despite all the advantages, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap provides, buyers should be aware of the fact that the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap might cause damage or render the Vive headset useless, if not handled carefully.

From reports, it seems that some users have faced problem while trying to attach or detach the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap to HTC Vive headset. If instructions are not followed properly, some mechanical parts from the side port connector of Vive may fall apart and come out as a result of the loosening of a small screw which holds the mechanical pieces together. If the parts are not put back together properly, then it renders the Vive headset useless as it cannot be strapped or mounted on the head. It is also highly advised to tighten the Torx screws on both sides of the headset with Torx screwdriver before installing the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap.

If anyone faces this kind issue while trying to attach or detach their Vive deluxe audio strap, then according to reports, it’s advised not to lose the screw as and try to put it back together using proper tool or a screwdriver. The other solution to this issue is to send the Vive unit to HTC Vive service Center for repair which might be chargeable and might not be covered under warranty as per some reports from users who have faced this problem. Also, users are advised against using excessive force while trying to attach or detach the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, as it may break the Vive headset and cause damage to the Audio Strap as well. Hence it is highly advised to be extra careful with Vive Deluxe Audio Strap.

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Jayesh Roychowdhury
Jayesh Roychowdhury

VR Gaming Editor at RealityDome Jayesh Roychowdhury is a multidisciplinary artist, gamer, VR enthusiast and tech buff.