HTC has revealed the Vive Focus, its new all-in-one VR headset which will launch first in China, The Verge reports. With Daydream not available in China, HTC is positioning its Viveport store as the default gateway for customers looking to access VR content.
"Our focus has been on bringing some other devices, like the one we announced last night to markets like 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". The features world-scale inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking, with HTC confirming the device sports a high-resolution AMOLED screen and is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chip, commonly believed to be about as powerful as a Core i3 processor, and a special rotational head strap.
HTC teased a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market earlier this year, and the company has now unveiled the product at a media event in Beijing. 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. It's unclear why HTC abandoned the Daydream partnership, especially when you consider that the company already finalized the headset design. On the software side, not only is it about optimizing performance for medium-level hardware to ensure sub-20ms latency, but it's also about making it as easy as possible for developers to port from Vive, Daydream or Samsung Gear VR.
While the Vive Focus is a standalone device that is not connected to a computer or a smartphone, it has numerous same features as a high-end device, HTC said. More importantly, this is the first hardware implementation of the new Vive Wave platform. The initial focus will be on the Chinese market. Only time can tell if the Taiwanese company will bring the Vive Focus to our shore, but there is still hope as the HTC Vive is here so there is a chance the Vive Focus will make an appearance too.
HTC's Vive Focus will use the HTC Vive Wave VR platform.