HTC has formally unveiled a new VR headset called the HTC Vive Focus. It is a standalone headset that runs on HTC’s own VR platform, the brand new Vive Wave and has access to the Viveport content market for downloading games and apps.

Allow us to clarify everything there’s to understand about HTC’s new standalone headset, including where it’s on the market, when you can purchase it and what it can do.

What is the HTC Vive Focus?

  • 6-Degrees-of-Freedom tracking
  • No need for outer sensors or gaming PC
  • Designed for comfort, extra 3-Degrees-of-Freedom hand controller

The HTC Vive Focus is a new VR headset announced by HTC at its annual Vive Developer’s Conference. It had been initially considered to be a Daydream headset, made together with Google. However, those plans got canceled.

The HTC Vive Focus can instead run on a brand new VR platform developed by HTC known as Vive Wave. It is a standalone headset and has inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom tracking, which implies it does not get to be connected to a gaming computer or use external sensors to work. Instead, all the technology is constructed into the headset itself. Therefore you’ll be able to immerse yourself in VR gaming wherever you would like.

The Vive Focus works on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform with instant-on support while within the headset there’s a “high-resolution” AMOLED screen. The headband is similar to the Deluxe Audio Strap for the HTC Vive in this has an adjustment dial to assist you to find a comfortable fit. However, it does not have inbuilt headphones.

Finally, the HTC Vive Focus headset additionally comes with a 3-degrees-of-freedom hand controller, while the headset itself adopts a somewhat unusual design, including a sky-blue color finish.

What is HTC Vive Wave?

  • Open VR platform
  • 12 hardware partners signed up

HTC Vive Wave is the VR platform which will run on the HTC Vive Focus VR headset. It’s Daydream but for China instead, which means the HTC Vive Focus is the VR headset we expected to come to the United Kingdom and the USA, but running Daydream instead. Twelve hardware partners have already signed up to the platform, as well as 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Quanta, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Nubia, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Pico, Pimax, and Thundercomm.

Vive Wave is an open VR platform, therefore when developers port content created for the HTC Vive across to the HTC Vive Focus, they will either make use of the new 3DoF hand controller or keep the 6DoF controls and use extra accessories.

Daydream and Samsung Gear VR content may be ported across to Vive Wave, too and any developers using Unity can transfer content to Viveport at the clicking of one button.

Where can I buy the HTC Vive Focus?

htc vive focus release

Unfortunately, the HTC Vive Focus is just heading to China for now with no word on if and once it’ll come to the United Kingdom or the United States. Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC Vive’s China President, has said HTC is just focusing on China for now with the HTC Vive Focus headset.

Is this different from HTC Vive 2?

Yes, it is. HTC launched the HTC Vive VR headset in 2015, and by late 2016, the corporate was rumored to be engaged on a second-generation version, codenamed Oasis. According to @LlabTooFeR, who has leaked accurately within the past, HTC was developing a refreshed release in Nov 2016, although it had been unclear at the time if that will be a standalone headset or merely a slimmer, lighter version.

Anything else you should know?

Now that we’ve delved into what Google proclaimed at Google I/O 2017, it is important to notice that HTC revealed in early 2017 that it had been making a mobile VR headset. At the time, it had been described as one thing completely different than Google Daydream View and similar headsets. According to CNET, which talked to Chief financial officer Chia-lin Chang, HTC developed a VR product compatible with the U Ultra:

“We have a good plan in terms of combining mobility with VR,” Chang said. “Vive is the very top end, and in the coming months you’ll see our plans in terms of mobility and VR, and it’s not a phone slapped onto a headset … It’d be a different thing.”

HTC already sells the HTC Vive headset, that is a lot like the Oculus Rift in this it must be tethered to a computer, tho’ it also offers an add-on that transforms the headset into a standalone device, now it’s producing one thing altogether totally different. The corporate specified that it would not work like Google’s Daydream View, that uses a phone for its screen, sensors, and processing power.

CNET itself labeled the next device as a “new virtual reality toy,” whereas Chang was a bit more imprecise. He suggested, however, that it was a device that’ll sit around between the mobile VR headset like Daydream View and the full-fledged Oculus Rift headset.