HTC has launched the Vive Focus, an all-in-one virtual reality headset that does away with external cables and tracking beacons. At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.
Allow us to explain everything there is to know about HTC's new headset, including where it's available, when you can buy it and what it can do.
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.
The company also announced Vive Wave, a VR open platform and tools for software and hardware developers created to provide an easy path for the production of mobile VR content for high-performance devices. The first announcement was mainly of interest to developers, Vive Wave, an open platform and toolset optimised for VR development for high performance mobile devices was launched.
HTC has officially pulled the plug on the standalone virtual reality ( VR ) headset the company was set to build with Google. The new headset also features a single hand-held motion controller rather than the regular Vive's pair of "ladles". More importantly, this is the first hardware implementation of the new Vive Wave platform.
So when developers port their Vive content to Vive Wave, they can choose to adopt 3DoF hand input or keep 6DoF by using additional accessories. Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC Vive's China President has said HTC is only focusing on China for now with the Vive Focus headset. It is basically Google's Daydream platform, but for the Chinese market.