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

HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with 'world-scale' tracking HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with 'world-scale' tracking
Kristine Garrett | 14 November, 2017, 12:01

Instead, the unit intends to tread the lines between power, portability, and affordability, which puts it in competition with some recently announced Oculus headsets, in particular the Project Santa Cruz and more affordable Oculus Go. 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. By eliminating both the PC and the phone requirements, users aren't dependent on any other device for their VR experiences. Choice is great, of course, but when each device has its own content platform, it's hard for developers to support all systems, paving the way for one platform to dominate. Content from Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR is also said to arrive on Vive Wave soon. With the Vive Wave SDK, vendors can integrate accessories - be it a Leap Motion, gloves or even outside-in solutions for 6DoF input (and potentially eye-tracking solutions as icing on the cake). The company unveiled its standalone device at an event in China this evening, explaining that its new VR device gives people the freedom to enjoy virtual reality content wherever they are. HTC said that the no-hassle publishing system would support Viveport for PC VR and mobile VR content.

The Vive Focus hasn't been given any official launch date or pricing, but it's safe to assume it will be available in China before going global. Today, the company announced that the headset would be known as the Vive Focus. The Vive Focus is a head-mounted display equipped with 6 degrees-of-freedom, and world-scale tracking.

HTC suggests that multiple computing platforms are supported by Wave, but clearly states that this VR platform is optimised for the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform. At the time, the details were scarce, but now the company has revealed more details about the Vive Focus.

Predictably, the Vive Focus headset is fully compatible with the Vive Wave open platform and Viveport content distribution system. One such example is a VR game called Spark of Light which, according to its developer, only took three hours to port the original Vive version to Vive Wave.

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