Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Joan Schultz

HTC reveals Vive Focus VR headset

HTC reveals Vive Focus VR headset

At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China. While details are still unclear of how it'll work, the unit contains a Snapdragon 835 VR CPU as well as a high-resolution AMOLED screen. The Taiwanese manufacturer has stated that it is looking to attract a mainstream audience, and considering Oculus' $199 standalone VR headset is set to arrive sometime next year, it'll be interesting to see where the Vive Focus slots in. More soon. Can't wait for you to try it. This preempted the release of a standalone Daydream VR headset, forcing HTC to cut its losses and focus on the market where it has an advantage. To play with the good VR right now, you need a very big computer and one of the dedicated virtual reality headsets, like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

Google had announced at the Google I/O conference in May that HTC headsets for the USA market would use the Daydream tracking platform.

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Numerous companies, including Microsoft, have shown interest in providing VR educational content and the company is hoping that the HTC Vive Focus will be a frontrunner in this area of VR, which is now under a death grip by cheap, smartphone-required VR headsets like the Knox V2 and Google Cardboard. 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.

The Vive Focus features inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom "world-scale" tracking. The demos of the HTC Vive Focus reveal that the potential is there but a lot comes down to the quality of the apps.

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Where can I buy the HTC Vive Focus? "What's more, with the new Vive Focus, we are excited to bring high-quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor".

"Vive Wave will open up the path to easy mobile VR content development and device optimization for third-party partners", said HTC, "So far, twelve hardware partners in China, including 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Nubia, Pico, Pimax, Quanta and Thundercomm, announced their support for Vive Wave and integrating the VIVEPORT™ VR content platform into their future products".

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So when developers port their Vive content to Vive Wave, they can choose to adopt 3DoF hand input or keep 6DoF by using additional accessories.

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