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HTC Vive Focus premium standalone VR headset launched

HTC Vive Focus premium standalone VR headset launched

At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.

HTC appears to be primarily addressing the Chinese market, where they have good market share and expects the headset to find a place even on the classroom, where users would be able to share a social experience in VR.

Nevertheless, it demonstrated that there's still an appetite for VR, and given the Vive Focus will support HTC's newly announced Vive Wave platform for allowing optimised VR development for mobile devices, we can expect to see more VR games and immersive experiences emerge in the very near-future. More soon. Can't wait for you to try it. If you were holding out for that standalone Vive Google Daydream headset, meanwhile, there's bad news - HTC and Google have cancelled their plans to bring it to the US.

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News that HTC was building a virtual reality headset that required no PC or smartphone first arrived earlier this year.

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

Google had announced at the Google I/O conference in May that HTC headsets for the US market would use the Daydream tracking platform.

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The Vive Focus has an AMOLED screen and uses internal sensors to work out where a person is looking. That unit is called HTC Vive Focus and was officially unveiled today.

"We're delighted that the Vive Wave VR open platform is receiving such strong industry support from both hardware partners and developers", said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC.

Just make sure you're ok with waiting, because with no word on HTC Focus VR being released outside of China - and no official release date for that part of the world - you may still be waiting a little longer than you'd like. The new headset also features a single hand-held motion controller rather than the regular Vive's pair of "ladles".

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The internal hardware is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor using Qualcomm's VR platform, making it quicker than key rival Oculus Go, which runs a Snapdragon 821.


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