HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset revealed in China

Isaac Cain
November 16, 2017

HTC has just confirmed that they will not be developing and releasing a standalone Daydream headset. Even though the Taiwanese firm has officially introduced the Vive Focus VR headset, it has not disclosed its specifications. Since the device is free from cumbersome cables and tracking beacons, the Taiwanese company calls it "world-scale". According to HTC over 100 developers are working on content for the headset. According to the official website, the Vive Focus is enabled with WorldSense feature which delivers six degrees of movement such as left, right, up, down, forwards and backwards. Users can experience premium virtual reality like what they can get from the high-end systems such as the HTC Vive, but with the portability provided by smartphone-powered options such as the Samsung Gear VR. In fact, HTC handed pre-production Vive Focus units to select developers only two weeks ago, so the product is clearly not hitting the market tomorrow. It features a high-resolution AMOLED screen and it is fueled by Snapdragon 835 chipset. The headset also comes with a 3-degrees-of-freedom controller. Given its angle as an education tool, however, interested customers can expect it to be on the cheaper side of things. Vive's previous plans to bring a Google Daydream compatible headset out in North America and Europe have been canceled.

HTC's VR platform has always been one of the most popular choices for gamers and content creators on the go.

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Facebook's Oculus revealed this is breathing down the neck of the rest of the very small VR hardware market which are expensive and encountered loss products that don't leave a ton of room for other companies hoping to make cash on hardware. Currently, the manufacturer does not inform the release date and the cost of stand-alone virtual reality helmet Vive Focus.

Like the Go, it's an all-in-one headset that can take you to alien worlds, haunted houses and the Rick & Morty garage, without the assistance of an almighty PC and an assortment of external trackers.

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