HTC VIVE(TM) Announces a Premium Standalone VR Headset for the China Market

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Although HTC Vive has a solid foothold on the PC VR market, the company has its eyes on the mobile VR market, too.

The Standalone Vive VR headset from HTC will further support apps from the company's in-house Viveport store, and will not rely on Google's Play Store the way a certain Daydream-ready headset does. The VIVE standalone headset will be powered by the same chip as the Daydream reference model, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is the same powerful processor found in premium smartphones, such as Samsung's Galaxy S8.

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As powerful as the Snapdragon 835 may be, it still pales in comparison to the monstrous rigs required by the HTC Vive today.

What we do know is that it will not require a PC or a phone.

There's no official word on whether the HTC Vive Standalone VR headset will be getting a Western release, but there are several hints that the Chinese release is a temporary one and Vive's expanding range of VR headsets will eventually be available on United Kingdom and European shores.

Back at Google I/O in May, Google announced that it would soon be introducing standalone VR headsets alongside the existing ones that are powered by your smartphone.

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HTC Corp. revealed its first standalone virtual reality headset Thursday at the ChinaJoy entertainment expo in Shanghai.

But more than anything, HTC and Qualcomm's Vive Standalone, along with Oculus rumored VR device, could convince people to warm up to the VR world since high costs won't factor in their decision anymore.

Regardless, even if this HTC headset is reminiscent of what Google will be announcing in the coming months, it's highly unlikely that this particular version will ever make its way to markets outside of China.

HTC said that content for the upcoming headset would be available through the Viveport distribution system.

China regional president of Vive, HTC, Mr. Alvin W. Graylin reportedly confirmed the aforementioned news. The already available HTC Vive headset also doesn't require to be connected to a PC.

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