HTC Vive Focus is sensor-packed wireless stand-alone VR headset

Kelley Robertson
November 15, 2017

TAIWANESE FIRM HTC has officially outed the Vive Focus, its first standalone virtual reality (VR) headset. At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China. The VR headset is exclusive for the Chinese market only but its availability and pricing details haven't been announced. More soon. Can't wait for you to try it.

We already knew that the Focus packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with instant on support, and now we're told that it also features a "high-resolution" AMOLED screen plus a rotational head strap that's similar to the Vive's Deluxe Audio Strap.

The Vive Wave VR open platform is like Google's DayDream for China (the headset does not support Google's DayDream itself), and already has 12 partners including Quanta, Pimax, Nubia, iQIYI and more who can make 3rd party hardware for the platform, including the aforementioned 6DoF controllers now missing.

"The combination of Snapdragon's ultra-low power, high-performance VR coupled with the new Vive Wave VR open platform will help content developers deliver best-in-class mobile VR experiences to users".

In contrast to the USA and other Western markets, HTC Vive has a more stable foothold in China, which explains why HTC is dumping its resources there.

The device will use inside-out positional tracking to monitor movement, and will be used in conjunction with a controller. The Vive Focus also features a water-repellant coating for good measure. The initial focus will be on the Chinese market.

At the Vive Developer Conference this week, however, HTC lifted the curtain on Vive Focus, its very own standalone headset that doesn't integrate Daydream.

It announced a new "half platform", the Vive Wave, for the new headset, the Vive Focus. HTC is hoping that with Vive Wave standardizing hardware and development for Vive products, it will allow for easier porting of VR content and apps between different devices and thus less tension for developers.

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.

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