HTC Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Launched In China

HTC finally makes its standalone VR headset official: Vive Focus on its way

HTC finally makes its standalone VR headset official: Vive Focus on its way

HTC announced a VR open platform and toolset called Vive Wave at yesterday's Vive Developer Conference 2017 (VDC2017) in Beijing, China.

HTC didn't reveal the availability and pricing details of the Vive Focus VR headset as of yet.

HTC's standalone headsets weren't much of a secret really.

The unit will be feature an AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, capable of "world-scale" tracking - the name HTC is giving to its inside-out 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) tracking.

While this headset can be used for recreational purposes, one particular point made by the company was their goal to turn the HTC Vive Focus into a VR headset utilized primarily for educational purposes.

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Instead, the Vive Focus has all the hardware it needs to power VR apps and games within the headset itself.

Samsung's Gear VR built with the help of Oculus gets somewhat there, as does Google's Daydream VR platform, but you need a compatible phone for each, again incurring cost, not to mention the battery life problem each have.

At the event, HTC showcased 14 live demos that gave a glimpse of the VR content developed for Vive Wave.

"Vive Wave is a clear step forward in bringing together the highly fragmented mobile VR market that has cropped up in China the last several years".

HTC is launching a standalone Daydream VR headset in China today. HTC also confirmed that over 100 developers are already working on content for the HTC Vive Focus. The first announcement was mainly of interest to developers, Vive Wave, an open platform and toolset optimised for VR development for high performance mobile devices was launched. A rather basic-looking touch and motion tracking controller also looks to be part of the Vive Touch package. Other similar use cases include Second Life-like social platforms, or it can be something as simple as watching movies with friends in a virtual cinema - not an entirely new concept but now you can do so pretty much anywhere you want. In addition to this, content from HTC's Viveport will also be available for Vive Focus.

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