The Taiwanese manufacturer officially raised the curtain from its all-new virtual reality headset of the Vive series during the Vive Developer Conference that was held in Beijing over the last few hours. It is called Vive Focus and it is a Standalone VR headset that works without any external devices.
Vive Focus Standalone VR headset does not require any PC to work, like the current HTC Vive headset, as it incorporates a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. According to the stated specs, the VR headset offers inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF) and supports tracking of the user’s movement in space without having to resort to base stations or other external sensors.
According to HTC, this is the first VR headset to reach the market with such features. HTC does not reveal the remaining technical features, starting with display resolution. The Taiwanese company merely confirmed that there is a ‘high resolution’ AMOLED display. Complete the hardware kit with an external controller with three degrees of freedom and the ability to attach the Vive Focus to other Focus headsets or the original HTC Vive to offer real-time social experiences in Virtual Reality.
The headset will be able to access the Vive Wave VR open platform – basically similar to the Daydream platform but aimed at the Asian market. This open platform already has 12 partners 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.
HTC has also announced the Viveport strategic partnership with Unity which will enable in publishing content onto Viveport for PC VR, Standalone VR, and mobile VR developers with just one click. There are no details on the price and availability of the HTV Vivie Focus headset, but what is clear is that at the moment, the Focus is a product primarily designed for the Chinese market.