After announcing it in July, HTC on Monday officially launched its standalone VR headset and gave it vintage car – the Vive Focus. Unveiled for the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing, the Vive Focus is being touted to supply “world-scale” tracking through inside-out, six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) support. Unfortunately for the time being, no price or availability have been disclosed.
Unlike the HTC Vive, the Vive Focus doesn’t require any PC or smart phone to supply you an immersive experience. HTC stated that this independence from external hardware enables “unlimited freedom of mobility while reducing the total cost” borne by prospects. Further, the headset provides a high-resolution AMOLED display and it is run by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. You can find built-in water-repellent padding and instant-on support. It arrives with a 3DoF controller.
As for content, HTC has released its native Vive Wave VR open platform and toolset to create new developments to the Vive Focus headset. This list of initial partners includes manufacturers like Quanta, Pimax, and Nubia among others. Additionally, the Taiwanese company has released its View Wave SDK to help third-party vendors integrate their accessories using the new hardware.
At the event, HTC showcased 14 live demos that gave a look at the VR content intended for Vive Wave. The business also announced that more than 35 Chinese and global content developers have already build VR content optimised because of its native platform that could be presently limited by folks market.
“As the VR industry leader in China, it is actually our duty to reduce market fragmentation and supply content developers with a lot more methods of generate income. Vive Wave will assure a better consistency inside the user experience with a variety of mobile VR devices across various price points, making quality VR more on the market to the store bought. Additionally, while using new Vive Focus, we’ve been excited to take high-quality 6DoF VR experiences, who were previously just accessible on tethered devices, within a less difficult and portable form factor,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC, inside a press statement.
HTC also has partnered with VR development platform Unity Technologies to allow one-click publishing of VR content on to Viveport library, with which the developments will directly debut about the Vive Wave platform.
The information about the price and accessibility of the Vive Focus are not yet been announced officially. The headset may be piloted in China for a time before its arrival inside global markets. Meantime, brands like Facebook and Google are preparing their competitive offerings. Facebook already has Oculus Check out adopt the most recent HTC model. Similarly, Bing is enhancing its Daydream platform for it to be the soul for future VR headsets.