Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset launched

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset launched

At its developer conference last month, the company announced Oculus Go, a $199 standalone headset capable of playing stationery mobile titles from the Gear VR store. HTC said that 12 hardware partners have already signed up to take part in Vive Wave. Dubbed the Vive Focus, this all-in-one device features inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) "world-scale" tracking, meaning it doesn't require external base stations nor sensors, so you can get positional tracking anywhere at any time - even on a train or plane, should you wish to. Alongside that reveal was the news that it would be supported by a new open platform called Vive Wave. The company hopes that Vive Wave will "bring together the highly fragmented mobile VR market" by make device optimisation and content creation easier for third-party developers. 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. Unlike some other standalone VR headsets, you don't need your phone. On the other side of the field, hardware manufacturers will finally be able to standardize their devices in order to boost VR experience across the industry. 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. Over the summer, HTC announced that it would release a Snapdragon 835-powered VR HMD for China that would mirror the specifications of the standalone Daydream headset HTC is building for the global market. The company did state that more than 100 developers are working on content for the unit.

HTC didn't reveal many new details about the device, but the company confirmed that it would feature a low-latency, high-resolution AMOLED screen.

Predictably, the Vive Focus headset is fully compatible with the Vive Wave open platform and Viveport content distribution system. HTC is also accepting applications for Vive Wave developer kits through the Chinese Vive developer hub.

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