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HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset launched

14 November 2017

Created to be an all-in-one device, the Focus won't need to be hooked up to a powerful desktop PC in order to run and won't have the same interactivity constraints that mobile VR now has.

"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", HTC Vive head Alvin Wang Graylin said in a statement regarding the news.

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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.

It's unclear, but unlikely that this will play fully blown Vive VR games such as L.A. Noire and the like, but it'll be interesting to see where this kind of tech goes in the near future. With the Vive Wave SDK, vendors can integrate accessories - be it a Leap Motion, gloves or even outside-in solutions for 6DoF input (and potentially eye-tracking solutions to ease up rendering resources).

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Along with the Vive Wave announcement, HTC discussed a few more details about its upcoming standalone VR headset for the China market.

Supporting this headset and the VR world in general is Vive Wave, which is, according to HTC, "an open platform and toolset that will enable easy Mobile VR content development and high-performance device optimisation for third-party partners". The company said that it handed out 500 priority vouchers to developers who were present at VDC 2017. HTC hasn't given a lot more away about the Focus' other specs, like its screen resolution. Over the summer, HTC announced that it would release a Snapdragon 835-powered VR HMD for China that would mirror the specifications of the standalone Daydream headset HTC is building for the global market. In addition to this, content from HTC's Viveport will also be available for Vive Focus.

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HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset launched