HTC's VR Vive preps a play for portable with Focus

HTC finally makes its standalone VR headset official: Vive Focus on its way

HTC finally makes its standalone VR headset official: Vive Focus on its way

HTC has officially unveiled a brand new VR headset called the HTC Vive Focus. There's no word just yet on pricing or availability, but this headset won't be making its way to Western regions.

HTC has been a proponent of virtual reality for quite some time, and its Vive VR headset has been praised as one of the best available on the market. Alvin further noted, "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone".

Needing no phone, HTC is relying on the Snapdragon 835 VR development kit, an all-in-one VR headset built by Qualcomm (makers of nearly every processor on Android phones) that basically bundles in the hardware from a high-end smartphone with an AMOLED screen, 3D binaural audio, sensors, and motion tracking, all coming together for a single head mounted display.

The US-focused headset was a Google Daydream standalone that HTC teased way back at Google I/O in May.

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News that HTC was building a virtual reality headset that required no PC or smartphone first arrived earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Lenovo is still expected to release a standalone headset under the Google WorldSense banner - which Bavor insists is still coming - but we doubt we'll see that device until 2018.

The Vive Focus has an AMOLED screen and uses internal sensors to work out where a person is looking. Dubbed the Vive Focus, the headset is the "first commercial standalone device" with inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF), which means it doesn't need a base station to track your movements. But HTC says the Vive Focus will be different. The new headset also features a single hand-held motion controller rather than the regular Vive's pair of "ladles". Additionally, the Taiwanese company has released its View Wave SDK to help third-party vendors integrate their accessories with the new hardware.

Currently, HTC has only revealed plans to release the Vive Focus in China and has kept quiet on release dates and prices, meaning there's a chance that the headset may never make it West. According to Graylin, China's standalone VR market's revenue share grew from 5 percent to a whopping 24 percent in Q3 alone, while mobile VR still has 50 percent revenue share in the same region, so he believes that developers around the world will want to take advantage of Vive Wave to tackle both markets.

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