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HTC Announces Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Powered By Snapdragon 835 SoC

HTC Announces Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Powered By Snapdragon 835 SoC

At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China. The company also announced that over 35 Chinese and global content developers have already build VR content optimised for its native platform that is presently limited to the Chinese market. It was assumed that this device was intended only for the Chinese market, where Daydream isn't available, but since Vive Focus' announcement, Google has confirmed - originally to TechCrunch - that the pair's collaboration has come to an end. More soon. Can't wait for you to try it.

As the company focuses its efforts on its new headset and platform, it's presently shelving plans for its Google Daydream headset at the moment. Users can experience premium virtual reality like what they can get from the high-end systems such as the HTC Vive, but with the portability provided by smartphone-powered options such as the Samsung Gear VR.

Meanwhile, Lenovo is still expected to release a standalone headset under the Google WorldSense banner - which Bavor insists is still coming - but we doubt we'll see that device until 2018. 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.

In addition to providing 6DoF, the Vive Focus is not tethered to a computer, as a result, wearers will have increased mobility with the headset on.

"As the VR industry leader in China, it is our duty to help reduce market fragmentation and provide content developers with more ways to make money", said Graylin. It also comes with a 3DoF controller - with which HTC claims to deliver "a very good experience".

Commenting on HTC's new developments, Pillow's Willow VR Studios CEO Andy Lürling stated: "Besides the introduction of the Vive Focus, also Vive Wave was introduced".

The internal hardware is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor using Qualcomm's VR platform, making it quicker than key rival Oculus Go, which runs a Snapdragon 821.

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