HTC Focus standalone VR headset splashes overseas

HTC Focus standalone VR headset splashes overseas

HTC Focus standalone VR headset splashes overseas

At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.

HTC, however, has kept the other details of the Vive Focus under wraps, including its price and release date.

As HTC continues to focus on the Chinese market, it has decided not to launch a standalone VR headset this year that uses the Google Daydream.

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

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In May, HTC announced that it was building a new standalone VR headset based on Google 's Daydream platform. 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.

Vive Wave VR is utilized by the Vive Focus and features content built specifically for the platform by more than 35 Chinese and worldwide VR content developers.

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. It will run on a proprietary platform named Vive Wave with content from Viveport. The initial focus will be on the Chinese market. Unfortunately, there isn't much else known about the headset right now. That unit is called HTC Vive Focus and was officially unveiled today. Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC Vive's China President has said HTC is only focusing on China for now with the Vive Focus headset. 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.

In May, Google announced a new line of standalone devices running on its Daydream mobile VR ecosystem. More importantly, this is the first hardware implementation of the new Vive Wave platform. It also features an AMOLED display, Snapdragon 835 processor, and 3DoF controller. HTC says the Vive Focus will include a rich content library, and let users experience content from its Viveport VR platform.

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