After months of leaks, HTC has finally unveiled a new standalone VR headset dubbed as Vive Focus. It was unveiled through Vive Developers Conference that was held in Beijing, China. Even though the Taiwanese firm has officially introduced the Vive Focus VR headset, it has not disclosed its specifications. Also, the company is yet to confirm on the pricing of the new VR headset.
Vive Focus VR headset can be mounted on the head. It features a high-resolution AMOLED screen and it is fueled by Snapdragon 835 chipset. The trackpad available on it is similar to the one found on the bigger Vive devices. Since the device is free from cumbersome cables and tracking beacons, the Taiwanese company calls it “world-scale.”
The design of the Vive Focus is similar to Sony’s PlayStation VR and HTC’s Vive Deluxe Audio Strap. It has an attractive blue finish and has a slightly rounded design. According to the official website, the Vive Focus is enabled with WorldSense feature which delivers six degrees of movement such as left, right, up, down, forwards and backwards.
Vive Wave VR open platform will allow developers to create VR-ready content for Vive Focus. Content created for Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream VR is also expected to come soon on Vive Wave. HTC will be also bringing games and VR experiences through Vivereport on Vive Focus.
The HTC Vive Focus is expected to first release in China. However, as mentioned above, the company is silent on the release date and pricing. There is no confirmation on whether the VR headset will be made available in western markets.
As far as HTC’s plans for the U.S. is concerned, the company has confirmed that it won’t be bringing Vive-branded standalone headset for Daydream VR. Google has confirmed that a standalone daydream headset by Lenovo will be heading towards the U.S.