HTC reveals Vive Focus, a VR headset that cuts the cables

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

HTC, hoping to curb mobile VR fragmentation in China, announced Vive Wave during the company's annual Vive Developer Conference. The Vive Focus is a head-mounted display equipped with 6 degrees-of-freedom, and world-scale tracking.

One of the only questions I've asked HTC VR execs consistently over the past several months is whether the Daydream version of its upcoming standalone headset would ship on time in late 2017, they have consistently said it will, though now it seems as though the entire project has been cancelled.

HTC says it will be focusing its resources on a Qualcomm-powered standalone for the China market, which it is calling the Vive Focus. "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone". "The combination of Snapdragon's ultra-low power, high performance VR coupled with the new Vive Wave VR open platform will help content developers deliver best-in-class mobile VR experiences to users". The headset's design is unusual, taking cues from both PlayStation VR and HTC's own Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, and it comes in a bright shade of blue.

The VR headset is also optimized by Vive Wave VR open platform where developers can add VR-ready content. Therefore it seems likely that those companies intent to integrate Vive Wave into their hardware. So when developers port their VR content to Vive Wave, they can choose to adopt 3DoF hand input or keep 6DoF by using additional accessories. In fact, HTC is offering Vive Vision headsets along with Vive Wave developer kits to qualifying developers.

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Unfortunately, HTC is still keeping details under wraps for now, and so specifics aren't yet clear.

HTC and Google both confirmed to TechCrunch that a Daydream-branded HTC standalone headset will no longer be coming to the USA market.

HTC didn't reveal many new details about the device, but the company confirmed that it would feature a low-latency, high-resolution AMOLED screen. Other similar use cases include Second Life-like social platforms, or it can be something as simple as watching movies with friends in a virtual cinema - not an entirely new concept but now you can do so pretty much anywhere you want.

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