HTC has officially unveiled a brand new VR headset called the HTC ViveFocus, a standalone headset that runs on HTC’s own VR platform, the also brand new Vive Wave, and has access to the Viveport content store for downloading apps and games.
The HTC Vive Focus is a brand new VR headset announced by HTC at its annual Vive Developer’s Conference. It was originally thought to be a Daydream headset, made in collaboration with Google, but those plans have since been cancelled.
The headset’s design is unusual, taking cues from both PlayStation VR and HTC’s own Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, and it comes in a bright shade of blue. HTC hasn’t given a lot more away about the Focus’ other specs, like its screen resolution.
The HTC Vive Focus will run on a new VR platform developed by HTC called Vive Wave. The Vive Focus runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform with instant-on support while inside the headset there is a high-resolution AMOLED screen. The headband is similar to the Deluxe Audio Strap for the HTC Vive in that has an adjustment dial to help you find a snug fit, but it doesn’t have built-in headphones.
Main features of the Vive Focus:
- 6-Degrees-of-Freedom tracking
- No need for external sensors or gaming PC
- Designed for comfort, additional 3-Degrees-of-Freedom hand controller
HTC Vive Wave is the VR platform that will run on the Vive Focus VR headset. Vive Focus is the VR headset we expected to come to the UK and US, but running Daydream instead. 12 hardware partners have already signed up to the platform, including 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Nubia, Pico, Pimax, Quanta and Thundercomm.
Vive Wave is an open VR platform, so when developers port content originally made for the HTC Vive across to the Vive Focus, they can either make use of the new 3DoF hand controller, or keep the 6DoF controls and use additional accessories.
Daydream and Samsung Gear VR content can be ported across to Vive Wave, too and any developers using Unity can upload content to Viveport at the click of a single button.
The Vive Focus is heading only to China for now with no word on if and when it will come to the UK or US. Also no release date or price has yet been confirmed for the HTC Vive Focus.
Read more about HTC Vive Focus on its official product page: https://www.vive.com/eu/product/standalone/