HTC launches Vive Focus for China, drops plans for Daydream headset

HTC launches Vive Focus for China, drops plans for Daydream headset

After a couple of teases earlier this year, HTC has finally unveiled its upcoming standalone VR headset at today's Vive Developer Conference in Beijing. HTC boasts that its model is the first of its kind to feature an inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking tech otherwise known as 6DoF.

HTC has officially revealed the Vive Focus, its all-in-one VR headset. "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone".

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. Focus uses an open platform called Wave VR and can access the Viveport VR content. HTC said that 12 hardware partners have already signed up to take part in Vive Wave. HTC is also accepting applications for Vive Wave developer kits through the Chinese Vive developer hub. With over 35 content creators, based in China and across the world, involved in creating content for Vive Wave, HTC seems to be banking on the open platform unifying VR.

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

With China's VR market booming, the number of companies selling VR headsets, particularly for mobile, is also growing.

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. According to Graylin, this can be applied to a classroom where the teacher is doing a demonstration, while the students are all equipped with a Focus each and can see each other in the same virtual space. HTC are hoping that this open platform will prevent the fragmentation of VR standards, and and as such are integrating the existing Viveport platform into Vive Wave. The focus appears to be exclusively on China with this release as well. Somehow he ended up in London, where he had the golden opportunity to buy a then senior editor a pint of lager, and here we are. He managed to destroy a few more desktops and phones until he was sent to England for school.

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