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HTC unveils new standalone VR headset in Beijing

HTC unveils new standalone VR headset in Beijing

Consumer electronics company HTC Corp (宏達電) yesterday unveiled the HTC Vive Focus, a standalone virtual-reality (VR) headset, at the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing. The headset's design is unusual, taking cues from both PlayStation VR and HTC's own Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, and it comes in a bright shade of blue.

"Our focus has been on bringing some other devices, like the one we announced last night to markets like China". "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone".

Google and HTC Vive are no longer working on the standalone VR headset announced earlier this year. Google also has a standalone headset upcoming from its Daydream line, although now without the addition of an HTC offering.

HTC has also partnered with a VR development platform called Unity Technologies to enable one-click publishing of VR content on to Viveport library.

"We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream", the spokesperson told TechCrunch, which Google's Clay Bavor also confirmed in a tweet, saying they remain "great partners".

The platform will make it very easy for developers to port content made for the Vive to the Vive Focus, with VR game Spark of Light for example only taking three hours.

The Vive Focus features inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom "world-scale" tracking.

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According to Raymond Pao (鮑永哲), HTC VR new technology division vice president, Vive will not be able to launch a Daydream-compatible product in time for the year-end holiday shopping season in the USA and Europe, where the Daydream is the VR platform of choice.

Where can I buy the HTC Vive Focus?

HTC's Vive Focus will use the HTC Vive Wave VR platform.

HTC's Vive Focus is said to be the first premium standalone VR headset.

The internal hardware is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor using Qualcomm's VR platform, making it quicker than key rival Oculus Go, which runs a Snapdragon 821.

HTC has not given any pricing or release dates for the Focus but did say it would initially be available in only China.


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