HTC Kills Its Google VR Headset

HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with ‘world-scale’ tracking

HTC has officially unveiled a standalone virtual reality headset called the Vive Focus.

Software developers might also be interested to learn that HTC has announced a partnership with Unity Technologies to enable the one-click publishing of VR content on to Viveport for both PC and mobile developers. It was assumed that this device was intended only for the Chinese market, where Daydream isn't available, but since Vive Focus' announcement, Google has confirmed - originally to TechCrunch - that the pair's collaboration has come to an end. Alvin further noted, "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone". We know the Vive Focus will be available in China soon, but any additional markets HTC plans on launching the headset remain a mystery.

It's obviously too early to tell whether HTC has placed the right bet, but from a business standpoint, it makes sense for HTC to go all in on this opportunity. That name was expected to be used for the standalone Daydream headset promised at Google I/O a few months back.

At the event, HTC showcased 14 live demos that gave a glimpse of the VR content developed for Vive Wave.

Therefore, Vive will continue to focus on the Chinese market for the rest of the year, he said.

HTC's Vive Focus will use the HTC Vive Wave VR platform.

Alongside the Vive Focus, HTC also announced today is the Vive Wave VR open platform. 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. More importantly, this is the first hardware implementation of the new Vive Wave platform. The demos of the HTC Vive Focus reveal that the potential is there but a lot comes down to the quality of the apps.

While the Vive Focus is a standalone device that is not connected to a computer or a smartphone, it has numerous same features as a high-tech machine, HTC said. However, unlike the HTC Vive as well as other standalone VR headsets, you don't need a phone nor a PC-ready rig to operate the headset.

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