HTC unveils a standalone VR headset called Vive Focus

Yolanda Curtis
November 14, 2017

HTC has launched its long-rumored standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus at its Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, China. In addition to this, content from HTC's Viveport will also be available for Vive Focus.

Inside the new Vive Focus are the following key components; a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, sensors providing 6 degrees-of-freedom head-mounted display with world-scale tracking, a "high resolution" AMOLED display, and it is provided with 3DoF controllers (6DoF controllers may come later).

The HTC Focus aims to offer something like the best of both current VR worlds - you get a premium experience as with higher end virtual reality headsets, but with the same portability as things like Gear VR that use a phone to eliminate wires. The headset is designed with visual elements taken from the PlayStation VR and HTC's Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and has a bright blue colour profile. Alongside that reveal was the news that it would be supported by a new open platform called Vive Wave. It will be released in China only, at least initially, and runs games/apps built on the Vive Wave VR open platform.

The platform is created to simplify development and enable support for multiple, cross-platform VR devices. However, this standalone VR headset is expected to only hit Asian markets.

In other news, HTC and Google have just announced that they will be cancelling their plans to bring the Vive-branded Google Daydream headset to the United States market.

"We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream", an HTC spokesperson told Fast Company.

The Vive Focus itself is created to be a lightweight, easily portable VR option.

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