Vive Focus, its first standalone VR headset, goes "world-scale"

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

HTC has completely changed the head mount from the original Vive, which previously put the bulk of the headset's weight on the front of the user's face.

What's more, the HTC Vive Focus is equipped with inbuilt water-repellent padding and instant-on support. But HTC is most proud of the headset's inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking, which allows positional tracking without requiring external sensors like those used on the HTC Vive.

HTC is yet to announce a price or release date for the Vive Focus, but the product will launch in China first before hopefully heading to the United States and beyond.

As a standalone device, the Vive Focus will fill in a role between mobile VR headsets, such as the Google Daydream and Samsung Gear VR, and tethered headsets, including the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

The first, called the Oculus Go, matches the capabilities of smartphone-based headsets.

Hardware makers adding new roles into the VR market are working into a market with falling prices.

There is no word on the exact release date or pricing of the device yet, but Lenovo is expected to share further details before the end of the year.

Unfortunately, the Vive Focus is only heading to China for now with no word on if and when it will come to the United Kingdom or US.

The Vive Focus, promoted as the first of its kind to reach the market, has a wireless, tangle-free design and comes with a Qualcomm Inc Snapdragon 835 processor, a high-resolution active matrix organic LED display and "six-degrees-of-freedom" tracking. It is an open interface that is created to allow interoperability between numerous mobile headsets and accessories. Like Valve's platform and Daydream, other companies will be able to make use of Vive Wave. This, Pao said, is where HTC's Vive Wave can patch things up. It will be released in China only, at least initially, and runs games/apps built on the Vive Wave VR open platform. 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.

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