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HTC Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Launched With 6DoF Tracking Support

15 November 2017, 12:53 | Yvette Williams

HTC Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Launched With 6DoF Tracking Support

Vive Focus is HTC's New Standalone, Wireless VR Headset

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

HTC Vive's Associate Vice President Raymond Pao said that existing Daydream and Samsung Gear VR content would take less than a week to port to Vive Wave and developers who are using Unity will enjoy one-click publishing to Viveport, along with in-app payment support in China. Alvin further noted, "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone". In fact, the Focus may never launch in Europe and the USA (where it would have run Googles Daydream VR platform). In addition to this, HTC has also released its View Wave SDK for third-party vendors so that they can make accessories for the new headset. However, the company made it clear that there will not be any Daydream version of the VR headset.

In contrast to the United States and other Western markets, HTC Vive has a more stable foothold in China, which explains why HTC is dumping its resources there. The new Vive Focus adds counter balance to eliminate strain. With its six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) support, the headset is said to offer "world-scale" tracking.

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HTC has officially pulled the plug on the standalone virtual reality ( VR ) headset the company was set to build with Google. The HTC Vive Focus also has a much cleaner look because of the reduced number of sensors that it needs in order to function, as compared to the HTC Vive.

Currently, HTC has only revealed plans to release the Vive Focus in China and has kept quiet on release dates and prices, meaning there's a chance that the headset may never make it West.

What's more, with the new VIVE Focus, we are excited to bring high quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor.



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