HTC launches Vive Focus for China, drops plans for Daydream headset

HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with ‘world-scale’ tracking

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

The second announcement was of the Vive Focus, HTC's highly anticipated premium standalone VR headset.

Vive Focus pricing and availability are yet to be revealed. This also means that Vive Focus works independently and eliminates the need of additional base station or sensors to use it.

The HTC Vive Focus is being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the same chip that's powering flagship Android smartphones like the Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8 and the LG V30. HTC are hoping that this open platform will prevent the fragmentation of VR standards, and and as such are integrating the existing Viveport platform into Vive Wave. 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.

The controller features a trackpad and a trigger, and the Vive Focus will be able to track it's rotational movements. Additionally, the Focus comes with a 3DoF controller and will run on HTC's newly announced Vive Wave platform. This open VR platform is HTC's way of consolidating China's fragmented mobile VR market.

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The platform is created to simplify development and enable support for multiple, cross-platform VR devices. No launch price or date has been announced, though developers can sign up for a development kit on HTC's Vive Focus page. The company unveiled its standalone device at an event in China this evening, explaining that its new VR device gives people the freedom to enjoy virtual reality content wherever they are. So what about the US market?

Lenovo appears to be Google's only hardware partner for its planned Daydream-branded standalone VR headset.

The new VR headset is called the Vive Focus, and unlike the regular Vive, offers a stand-alone, untethered VR experience.

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