HTC standalone Vive Focus VR headset is finally making its way into the market and release worldwide, after the initial launch in China at the start of the year. At a press event in San Francisco on Thursday, the company said it is coming to 37 new markets in North America and Europe and the standalone headset will sell for $599 in the U.S.
Moreover, the Vive Focus VR is a self-contained mobile headset which can track a user’s motion with the help of outward facing cameras. After canceling a similar headset based on Google’s Daydream VR platform HTC announced it and further confirming it as an international release this spring. The vive focus is a standalone headset which means it works without the need of power VR experiences, phone or PC.
HTC made a fully tracked motion controllers in order to supplement its original remote-like pointing device, but don’t think of it as a direct Oculus Quest competitor.
It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset and has a battery life of up to 3 hours. It features the same high-end 2880 x 1600 resolution as the high-end Vive Pro headset and also offers 6 degrees of freedom. Which means users can not only look around in VR but could take a deep view of VR world. HTC also talked about the upcoming headset by Chinese company Shadow Creator, and they are using HTC’s Vive Wave mobile VR platform to launch the headset called the Shadow VR.
The company plans to launch it on November 11th and includes the same feature set to Vive Focus, albeit with a slightly lower resolution screen. At this time HTC wants to compete in the market because of its competitors Oculus and Sony whose VR headsets considered as mass-market entertainment devices. Though, Oculus also provides headsets to Walmart like companies for training and for other purposes.