HTC reveals its Vive Focus standalone VR headset

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

Today, during this year's Vive developer conference in China, HTC has unveiled their next VR headset: the HTC Vive Focus. Additionally, the Focus comes with a 3DoF controller and will run on HTC's newly announced Vive Wave platform. With Daydream not available in China, HTC is positioning its Viveport store as the default gateway for customers looking to access VR content.

Google doesn't seem to be perturbed by HTC backing down from the Daydream partnership. 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.

The headset includes six-degrees-of-freedom tracking which would be a first on a standalone VR headset. HTC describes this as "world scale" as opposed to the HTC Vive's "room scale" setup. According to Alvin Wang Graylin, the China President for HTC Vive, the Vive Focus will allow wearers to do most of the things that they could do with a VR headset on a high-end PC.

Twelve hardware partners, including Quanta, Pimax, Nubia, and iQIYI, reportedly have pledged their support for the integration of Vive Wave into their future products.

Unity will also now be able to use Vive's in-app payment and VR advertisement functions, with an initial focus on the Chinese market, thus opening up revenue for VR developers and content creators.


At the event, HTC showcased 14 live demos that gave a glimpse of the VR content developed for Vive Wave.

Where can I buy the HTC Vive Focus? Standalone headsets may prove to be even cheaper, as low as $200 for the Go, and thus bring greater mass market attention.

At launch, HTC said the Vive will be available in China.

Is this different from HTC Vive 2?

Separately, HTC has issued an invitation to VR and augmented-reality developers worldwide to participate in its Viveport Developer Awards, which are to recognize creativity and innovation in the field, as the company continues its efforts to build its own VR ecosystem. The strap of the VR headset is rotational - much similar to that of the Vive's Deluxe Audio Strap.

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