HTC reveals standalone Vive Focus VR headset and cancels Daydream plans

HTC Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Launched With 6DoF Tracking Support

The platform also features an open interface that allows interoperability among numerous mobile VR headsets and accessories.

HTC and Google (GOOG, GOOGL) cancel plans to bring the Vive-branded Daydream VR headset to the US market. Most notably, Google and therefore Daydream have no access to the Chinese market, so HTC would have to go solo to lead the effort in that part of the world, anyway - as it did with the original Vive since Steam isn't always accessible there (hence the birth of Viveport). We've reached out to HTC to ask after a western launch.

What's more, the HTC Vive Focus is equipped with inbuilt water-repellent padding and instant-on support. Dubbed the Vive Focus, the headset is the "first commercial standalone device" with inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF), which means it doesn't need a base station to track your movements. However, since the Vive Focus is an independent device, it brings an "unlimited freedom of mobility while reducing the total cost" for end users. Beyond that, HTC did not get into many specifics, such as the actual resolution of the display or battery life. The first announcement was mainly of interest to developers, Vive Wave, an open platform and toolset optimised for VR development for high performance mobile devices was launched.

"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's Alvin Wang Graylin said in a statement.

Meanwhile, HTC has issued an invitation to VR/AR developers worldwide to participate in its Viveport Developer Awards, which will recognize creativity and innovation in that field, as the company continues its efforts to build its own VR ecosystem. Virtual reality is still new, even in its revival, because while we played back in the mid-to-late 90s, that type of VR was a whole different game, and the new type is still evolving. Lenovo is still working with Google on a headset. It also comes with a 3DoF controller - with which HTC claims to deliver "a very good experience". It is an open interface that is created to allow interoperability between numerous mobile headsets and accessories. Other similar use cases include Second Life-like social platforms, or it can be something as simple as watching movies with friends in a virtual cinema - not an entirely new concept but now you can do so pretty much anywhere you want.

Headsets from Facebook, Google and Samsung were not officially available in China, he said, which could leave a vacuum for HTC to occupy.

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