A standalone VR headset was teased by HTC earlier this year for the Chinese market, and now it has been finally launched at a media event in Beijing. It will be called the Vive Focus. This VR headset is said to be the “first commercial standalone device” and it has inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF), that is it doesn’t need a base station to track your movements.
You can use this headset anywhere as it has “world-scale” tracking which was possible by its- front -mounted -cameras .Vive focus is powered by a Snapdragon 835 so,you don’t need to tether it to a PC or a phone. An AMOLED screen with high resolution and also with “low latency and unmatched clarity,” is featured on the Vive focus. It has a rotational head strap and a Bluetooth controller that offers 3DoF.
Not only the Vive focus;
The HTC also announced, a VR open platform that lets developers easily create content for mobile VR devices which is called Vive Wave. With Daydream not available in China, HTC is positioning its Viveport store as the default gateway for customers looking to access VR content. Patners like 360QIKU, Nubia, Pico, Quanta, iQIYI, etc are a part of HTC vive platform— and HTC is betting on interoperability between VR devices as the differentiator for Vive Wave.
There were no details of pricing or availability from HTC yet, but the Vive Focus will be sold initially in China. HTC has said it is going to focus on mainstream audience, and as the facebook owned Oculus’ $199 standalone VR headset is set to arrive sometime next year, it will better for HTC to arrive in market as early as possible.
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