Thursday, 23 November, 2017

HTC launches Vive Focus for China, drops plans for Daydream headset

HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with ‘world-scale’ tracking HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires
Terence Owen | 14 November, 2017, 11:07

We do know China is the primary focus (no pun intended) of the "first commercial standalone device to deliver inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking". This unit aims to offer a different kind of VR solution.

"As the VR industry leader in China, it is our duty to help reduce market fragmentation and provide content developers with more ways to make money", HTC Vive head Alvin Wang Graylin said in a statement regarding the news. With over 35 content creators, based in China and across the world, involved in creating content for Vive Wave, HTC seems to be banking on the open platform unifying VR. HTC said that 12 hardware partners have already signed up to take part in Vive Wave.

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The unit will be feature an AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, capable of "world-scale" tracking - the name HTC is giving to its inside-out 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) tracking. Developers who are already using Unity will enjoy the added benefit of the new one-click process to publish to Viveport, along with in-app payment support starting with China. They did not even release other specs about the headset like screen resolution or other features that will make it standout in the VR market. HTC is also accepting applications for Vive Wave developer kits through the Chinese Vive developer hub. Other similar use cases include Second Life-like social platforms, or it can be something as simple as watching movies with friends in a virtual cinema - not an entirely new concept but now you can do so pretty much anywhere you want.

Roughly one year and a half after the general release of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and a full half-decade behind the latter's Kickstarter campaign outset, so-called "all-in-one" VR headsets are finally (almost) ready for primetime. It doesn't appear HTC has mentioned any pricing at this time, though the company does say that more than 100 developers are now working on content for Focus. We'll have an update as soon as we hear back from HTC, and stay tuned for our upcoming hands-on later. Somehow he ended up in London, where he had the golden opportunity to buy a then senior editor a pint of lager, and here we are.

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