HTC unveils a standalone VR headset called Vive Focus

HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with ‘world-scale’ tracking

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

With over 35 content creators, based in China and across the world, involved in creating content for Vive Wave, HTC seems to be banking on the open platform unifying VR. "The combination of Snapdragon's ultra-low power, high performance VR coupled with the new Vive Wave VR open platform will help content developers deliver best-in-class mobile VR experiences to users".

Supporting this headset and the VR world in general is Vive Wave, which is, according to HTC, "an open platform and toolset that will enable easy Mobile VR content development and high-performance device optimisation for third-party partners".

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The Vive Focus is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, and features a high-resolution AMOLED display. Therefore it seems likely that those companies intent to integrate Vive Wave into their hardware. We do know China is the primary focus (no pun intended) of the "first commercial standalone device to deliver inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking".

But that's not to say that developers can't add 6DoF hand input to the Focus. While Oculus executives have outright noted that they are not particularly interested in making money off of hardware sales, there aren't many other options for HTC which has done a poor job of becoming a platform company in the USA despite being first-to-market. Other similar use cases include Second Life-like social platforms, or it can be something as simple as watching movies with friends in a virtual cinema - not an entirely new concept but now you can do so pretty much anywhere you want.

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Unfortunately, HTC is still keeping some information close to the vest like the unit's price and when it will become available to the public. Graylin only made it clear that there won't be a Daydream version of the Focus yet, as HTC is, ahem, "focusing on the Focus for China" for the remainder of this year. However, HTC said that they only have plans to release the headset in China and even with that there is still no details on the pricing or release date. Somehow he ended up in London, where he had the golden opportunity to buy a then senior editor a pint of lager, and here we are.

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