Vive Focus, its first standalone VR headset, goes "world-scale"

15 November, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Pamela Mathis

HTC has officially unveiled a brand new VR headset called the HTC Vive Focus. At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.

Fortunately, VR makers have been looking at a possible solution, and not far off an announcement from Oculus on its own concept, HTC is ready to talk about what standalone VR means for it.

At HTC's Vive Developer Conference, the company finally got to show off its upcoming standalone headset to the Beijing crowd - the Vive Focus. In addition to this, HTC has also released its View Wave SDK for third-party vendors so that they can make accessories for the new headset. "As the world continues to become more mobile and connected, we've been working closely with Vive though our HMD Accelerator Program and advanced VR software features to enable immersive virtual reality experiences without the needs for wires or PCs", says Hugo Swart, senior director, product management, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

Daydream and Samsung Gear VR content can be ported across to Vive Wave, too and any developers using Unity can upload content to Viveport at the click of a single button.

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Confirmed, no Daydream standalone from HTC, but we remain great partners. But HTC is most proud of the headset's inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking, which allows positional tracking without requiring external sensors like those used on the HTC Vive. However, since the Vive Focus is an independent device, it brings an "unlimited freedom of mobility while reducing the total cost" for end users.

Back at Google I/O, the company announced partnerships with HTC and Lenovo to debut a new collection of Daydream-powered headsets that would run independently of a smartphone. The Vive Focus features a "high-resolution" AMOLED screen with "low latency and unmatched clarity", along with a rotational head strap and a Bluetooth controller that offers 3DoF.

At launch, HTC said the Vive will be available in China. The demos of the HTC Vive Focus reveal that the potential is there but a lot comes down to the quality of the apps.

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