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

HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset eliminates wires

HTC has launched its long-rumored standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus at its Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, China. One such example is a VR game called Spark of Light which, according to its developer, only took three hours to port the original Vive version to Vive Wave. The Vive Focus is a head-mounted display equipped with 6 degrees-of-freedom, and world-scale tracking.

The HTC Focus aims to offer something like the best of both current VR worlds - you get a premium experience as with higher end virtual reality headsets, but with the same portability as things like Gear VR that use a phone to eliminate wires. Vive Wave is a toolset that lets developers support third-party mobile VR HMDs on HTC's Viveport content distribution system. 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. Also announced today is the Vive Wave VR open platform, which is basically Daydream for China with 12 hardware partners already signed up, including Quanta, Pimax, Nubia, iQIYI and more. It's a standalone VR headset that doesn't require a PC or mobile phone. It should be the first standalone six-degrees-of-freedom VR headset to see release, though HTC isn't saying exactly when it'll be available. On the other side of the field, hardware manufacturers will finally be able to standardize their devices in order to boost VR experience across the industry.

The HTC Vive Focus features a high-resolution AMOLED screen alongside a Snapdragon 835 VR Platform. While Oculus executives have outright noted that they are not particularly interested in making money off of hardware sales, there aren't many other options for HTC which has done a poor job of becoming a platform company in the United States despite being first-to-market. In fact, HTC is offering Vive Vision headsets along with Vive Wave developer kits to qualifying developers.

But that's not to say that developers can't add 6DoF hand input to the Focus.

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