Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
IT | By Lester Massey

HTC reveals Vive Focus, a VR headset that cuts the cables

HTC reveals Vive Focus, a VR headset that cuts the cables

On the other side of the field, hardware manufacturers will finally be able to standardize their devices in order to boost VR experience across the industry.

HTC is striving to prevent this scenario by offering a unified solution that supports a wide range of hardware.

The Vive Focus uses a somewhat simple-looking three-degrees-of-freedom controller with a similar trackpad to the larger Vive devices. HTC said that 12 hardware partners have already signed up to take part in Vive Wave. At the time, the details were scarce, but now the company has revealed more details about the Vive Focus. HTC said that the no-hassle publishing system would support Viveport for PC VR and mobile VR content. The company hopes that Vive Wave will "bring together the highly fragmented mobile VR market" by make device optimisation and content creation easier for third-party developers. The company did state that more than 100 developers are working on content for the unit. By eliminating both the PC and the phone requirements, users aren't dependent on any other device for their VR experiences.

HTC announced a stand-alone VR (virtual reality) headset and new VR development platform at the Vive Developer Conference in China.


In other news, HTC and Google have just announced that they will be cancelling their plans to bring the Vive-branded Google Daydream headset to the U.S. market. Today, the company announced that the headset would be known as the Vive Focus.

Alongside this announcement, HTC also unleashed its new VR development platform, which will be utilised by the Focus. 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 U.S. despite being first-to-market. The representative that we spoke with declined to discuss the full specifications of the hardware and would not say how much the Vive Focus would cost or when it would be available. The Vive Focus is a head-mounted display equipped with 6 degrees-of-freedom, and world-scale tracking.

Predictably, the Vive Focus headset is fully compatible with the Vive Wave open platform and Viveport content distribution system.

The HTC Vive Focus's release date hasn't been stated, but developers can apply for a dev kit.

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