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HTC's Vive Focus PC-less VR headset officially unveiled, disappoints

15 November 2017, 12:52 | Patty Hardy



The Daydream-powered Vive headset was already formally announced back in May and HTC continually teased its Viveport-based Chinese model.

HTC has been a proponent of virtual reality for quite some time, and its Vive VR headset has been praised as one of the best available on the market.

HTC's standalone headsets weren't much of a secret really.

The Vive Focus, promoted as the first of its kind to reach the market, has a wireless, tangle-free design and comes with a Qualcomm Inc Snapdragon 835 processor, a high-resolution active matrix organic LED display and "six-degrees-of-freedom" tracking.

At HTC's Vive Developer Conference, the company finally got to show off its upcoming standalone headset to the Beijing crowd - the Vive Focus. HTC has delivered pre-production units for developers and if you are interested in getting a developers kit then you could request for one.

Interestingly enough the Vive Focus can be linked to other Vive-branded headsets, including the bigger PC-powered brother as well as the smaller Focus.

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As for Daydream headsets, HTC leaving the project isn't killing it. Bavor also confirmed on Twitter that Lenovo is still working on its Daydream headset and that we'll hear more "soon".

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

Google had announced at the Google I/O conference in May that HTC headsets for the USA market would use the Daydream tracking platform. According to Graylin, China's standalone VR market's revenue share grew from 5 percent to a whopping 24 percent in Q3 alone, while mobile VR still has 50 percent revenue share in the same region, so he believes that developers around the world will want to take advantage of Vive Wave to tackle both markets. The Vive Focus also features a water-repellant coating for good measure.

HTC Vive Wave is the VR platform that will run on the Vive Focus VR headset.

Alongside the Vive Focus, HTC also announced today is the Vive Wave VR open platform.

In addition to providing 6DoF, the Vive Focus is not tethered to a computer, as a result, wearers will have increased mobility with the headset on. More importantly, this is the first hardware implementation of the new Vive Wave platform.

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