What Are Standalone VR Headsets And How Will They Change Gameplay?

Standalone HTC Vive Headset Announced

Standalone HTC Vive Headset Announced

Excitingly, the new standalone VR will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which is the same system used in the Google Daydream virtual reality headset - also a standalone offering. Neither HTC or Qualcomm had much to share about what exactly there was to expect from the standalone Vive coming to either USA or China, though details on Qualcomm's 835 reference VR headset likely offer some perspective. The graphics are always crappier and certain headsets like the Gear VR only work with specific phones. We do know that the Chinese version lacks the Google WorldSense tech that the standalone coming to the United States will boast.

The wireless and standalone version of the Vive will use Qualcomm's current flagship mobile SoC. A couple of months back, Qualcomm announced a partnership and reference design for Google's Daydream platform, a purpose-built experience for VR that extends beyond the capabilities of what Cardboard originally offered.

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Yes, it'll remove the need for an expensive PC or decent smartphone to run, but that lack of processing oomph means an overall experience that won't touch HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. We also don't have details on the screen resolution or price point, but HTC did say it is aiming for this to be a more "affordable, yet high-quality VR experience", so we can at least hope it will be a little easier on the wallet. It seems, though, that HTC is targeting only the Chinese market.

The difference between the eastern VR headset and the Western VR headset is that China version will be powered by the Viveport content platform while the eastern market will get the Android powered model. HTC recently announced a new VR headset coming to China, and from what we've seen so far, it looks a whole lot like a forthcoming Daydream headset that should be available in the States later this year. However, according to TechCrunch, that headset would build on Google Inc.'s WorldSense tracking technology while the China-based headset would be built with Qualcomm's Snapdragon VR tracking tech.

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