HTC unveils standalone, wireless Vive Focus with 'world-scale' tracking

15 November, 2017, 00:50 | Author: Alicia Barber
  • HTC finally makes its standalone VR headset official: Vive Focus on its way

HTC is still on track to release the first standalone "world-scale" headset with the Vive Focus, but don't expect to see one outside of China any time soon. Price and availability of the headset will be announced later. "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone". It runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and uses inside-out positional tracking.

HTC is also cancelling its standalone Vive VR headset powered by Daydream today. HTC has delivered pre-production units for developers and if you are interested in getting a developers kit then you could request for one.

One could argue that HTC should really be covering both sides of the playing field, and after all, the Daydream version of the Vive Focus would have likely been nearly identical to this China version, so it only would've needed a tiny bit more technical resource. It's unclear why HTC abandoned the Daydream partnership, especially when you consider that the company already finalized the headset design.

We're delighted that the VIVE Wave VR open platform is receiving such strong industry support from both hardware partners and developers.

Google had announced at the Google I/O conference in May that HTC headsets for the US market would use the Daydream tracking platform.

Meanwhile, the oft-teased HTC Vive Focus has a (predictable) name now, a number of (general) features revealed, but alas, no launch timeline whatsoever.

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The HTC Vive Focus is lighter than the HTC Vive and the cushion makes it more comfortable to wear as well.

HTC also confirmed that content designed for the HTC Vive will be downgraded to work smoothly with 20ms low latency on the HTC Vive Focus, but noted that this would be an nearly automatic process using the OpenVR-compatible SDK to optimize the content for medium-level hardware.

While the Vive Focus is a standalone device that is not connected to a computer or a smartphone, it has numerous same features as a high-tech machine, HTC said.

What's more, with the new VIVE Focus, we are excited to bring high quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor.

Smartphone and virtual reality hardware maker HTC Corp. announced Monday the upcoming release of the Vive Focus, its standalone virtual reality head-mounted display that does not require a wired connection to a computer. Like Valve's platform and Daydream, other companies will be able to make use of Vive Wave.

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