HTC launches its long-time rumoured all-in-one standalone VR headset called Vive Focus in Vive Developer Conference in Beijing on Monday. As rumoured, the Vive Focus comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and features an inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) “world-scale” tracker. With 6DoF users will no longer need external base stations or sensors, instead can get positional tracking anytime and anywhere they travel. HTC hasn’t revealed any words on the availability or the price of the Vive Focus as of yet, however, the company should reveal these details soon.
At the launch event, HTC said that several Chinese manufacturers have announced standalone 6DoF VR headsets earlier, but the Taiwanese company will be among the first one to actually make such a headset available to the consumers. HTC Vive’s China President Alvin Wang Graylin told Engadget, “In the past, standalone have always kind of represented a mediocre balance, where you don’t have much content and you can only do rotational, and it’s not that much different than Cardboard except now you have one individual machine.” Alvin further noted, “Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone.”
With HTC’s new standalone Vive Focus headset, “Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone” claims the company.
“As the VR industry leader in China, it is our duty to help reduce market fragmentation and provide content developers with more ways to make money. Vive Wave will assure a higher consistency in the user experience on a variety of mobile VR devices across various price points, making quality VR more accessible to the mass market. 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,” says Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC, in a press statement.
Coming to the features of the headset, the key highlight of it is that it runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and comes with a high-res AMOLED screen. The strap of the VR headset is rotational – much similar to that of the Vive’s Deluxe Audio Strap. It also comes with a 3DoF controller – with which HTC claims to deliver “a very good experience”.
HTC didn’t reveal the availability and pricing details of the Vive Focus VR headset as of yet. However, the company made it clear that there will not be any Daydream version of the VR headset. This is because the Taiwanese company is – as claimed by them – is focusing on the “Focus for China” only.
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