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The HTC Vive Focus Doesn’t Need A PC Or Mobile To Work Shannon Grixti

HTC announced a stand-alone VR (virtual reality) headset and new VR development platform at the Vive Developer Conference in China. One such example is a VR game called Spark of Light which, according to its developer, only took three hours to port the original Vive version to Vive Wave. As previously announced, the Vive Focus runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and uses inside-out positional tracking.

Alongside this announcement, HTC also unleashed its new VR development platform, which will be utilised by the Focus.

The objective of Vive Wave was to provide a unified interface and set of tools for developers to provide content for the HTC Vive Focus, as well as other mobile virtual reality (VR) devices.

While today marked the official unveiling of the Vive Focus, HTC is still mum on availability and pricing. HTC said that the no-hassle publishing system would support Viveport for PC VR and mobile VR content.

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HTC says it will be focusing its resources on a Qualcomm-powered standalone for the China market, which it is calling the Vive Focus.

Created to be an all-in-one device, the Focus won't need to be hooked up to a powerful desktop PC in order to run and won't have the same interactivity constraints that mobile VR now has.

The VR headset is also optimized by Vive Wave VR open platform where developers can add VR-ready content.

Not much else is known about this new headset, but Tom's Hardware seems to think that the headset is exclusive to the Chinese market. "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". While Oculus executives have outright noted that they are not particularly interested in making money off of hardware sales, there aren't many other options for HTC which has done a poor job of becoming a platform company in the USA despite being first-to-market. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Facebook has already announced its very own Oculus Go standalone VR headset, which will be available for $199 early next year but offers just 3DoF. In fact, HTC is offering Vive Vision headsets along with Vive Wave developer kits to qualifying developers.

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