This VR platform comes with instant-on support and an in-built padding which is water-repellent. In addition to this, the device has a high-resolution AMOLED screen.
HTC launched the Vive Focus at the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing earlier this week. The standalone VR headset runs on HTC’s new VR platform named Vive Wave. The most touted feature of Vive Focus is its inside-out 6-Degrees-of-Freedom (6DoF) tracking support. What this means is that the device does not need to be connected to external sensors or a gaming PC for it to work. It comes with an in-built gaming technology which offers an immersive experience in VR gaming at your convenience. As no external hardware is required, the handset allows for more mobility and lowers the total cost which is borne by the end users according to the company. Moreover, the handset also has an additional 3-Degrees-of-Freedom hand controller which is designed for comfort.
The handset is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC processor. This VR platform comes with instant-on support and an in-built padding which is water-repellent. In addition to this, the device has a high-resolution AMOLED screen. The headband is quite like the HTC Vive’s Deluxe Audio Strap as it also sports an adjustment dial for a snug fit and does not come with in-built headphones.
The Taiwanese company has also released its native Vive Wave VR open platform as well as toolset to bring new developments to the Vive Focus headset. HTC has entered into partnerships with several companies like Quanta, Nubia, Pimax, to name a few. Moreover, it has released the HTC View Wave SDK to enable third-party vendors to integrate their equipment or accessories with new hardware. HTC has also tied up with Unity Technologies, a VR development platform, to allow publishing of VR content on the Viveport library. This library will introduce new developments on the Vive Wave platform.
At the launch event the company displayed 14 live demos revealing a glimpse of the VR content, which has been developed exclusively for Vive Wave. HTC also announced that more than 35 Chinese as well as other global content providers have developed VR content for its native platform in the Chinese market.
Expressing his views on the VR content, Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive at HTC said, “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. Vive Wave will assure a higher consistency in the user experience on a variety of mobile VR devices across various price points, making quality VR more accessible to the mass market. What’s more, with the new Vive Focus, we are excited to bring high-quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor.”
As of now, the company has not divulged details about the price as well as availability of Vive Focus. In all probability, the headset will be introduced in China before making its debut in global markets.
A latest report mentions that HTC is in talks with Google for the installation of Android 8.0 Oreo in the HTC 10, U11 and U Ultra by November or early December 2017.