Some months again we heard communicate of HTC making plans to release a standalone Vive VR headset, and on the time we additionally heard it could be a Chinese language unique, no less than to begin with.
That set of rumours and leaks has now transform fact with HTC's announcement of the HTC Vive Focus; a standalone VR headset with its personal show, processor, and different integrated. In contrast to the common HTC Vive, which calls for an in depth arrange, together with being plugged into robust and dear high-end gaming PC, the Vive Focus does not have any wires and easily runs by itself.
The HTC Vive Focus is the primary instrument to be a part of HTC's new Vive Wave platform. In China, HTC has secured 12 companions to construct Vive Wave appropriate gadgets.
"Vive Wave will open up the trail to simple cell VR content material construction and instrument optimization for third-party companions," mentioned HTC, "Thus far, twelve companions in China, together with 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Nubia, Pico, Pimax, Quanta and Thundercomm, introduced their beef up for Vive Wave and integrating the VIVEPORT™ VR content material platform into their long term merchandise."
"Vive Wave is a transparent step ahead in bringing in combination the extremely fragmented cell VR marketplace that has cropped up in China the final a number of years. It permits developers to create content material for a not unusual platform and storefront throughout a couple of distributors. Over 35 Chinese language and world content material developers have already constructed VR content material optimized for Vive Wave."
HTC says the Vive Focus makes use of an "inside-out" 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) monitoring device - not like the common HTC Vive it does not want the positional sensors arrange within a room. HTC describes this as "global scale" versus the HTC Vive's "room scale" setup. The brand new headset additionally includes a unmarried hand held movement controller fairly than the common Vive's pair of "ladles".
"With out the wish to be connected to a PC or a phone, Vive Focus supplies limitless freedom of mobility whilst decreasing the overall value for customers to possess a top class VR instrument."
The inner is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor the usage of Qualcomm's VR platform, making it sooner than key rival Oculus Pass, which runs a Snapdragon 821. The show panels in entrance of your eyes are low-latency AMOLED, even though HTC hasn't printed the answer. Pricing and availability stay a thriller for now.