The HTC Vive Focus Doesn't Need A PC Or Mobile To Work

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The new wireless VR headset features an AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. The VR headset is exclusive for the Chinese market only but its availability and pricing details haven't been announced. According to Graylin, China's standalone VR market's revenue share grew from 5 percent to a whopping 24 percent in Q3 alone, while mobile VR still has 50 percent revenue share in the same region, so he believes that both markets will appeal to developers across the world.

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. This unit aims to offer a different kind of VR solution.

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.

The VR headset is also optimized by Vive Wave VR open platform where developers can add VR-ready content. "The combination of Snapdragon's ultra-low power, high performance VR coupled with the new Vive Wave VR open platform will help content developers deliver best-in-class mobile VR experiences to users".

While the United States has been a slow struggle platform-wise for Vive, China has been a different story where the company has already grown its smartphone-based mobile VR brand thanks to a software launcher tied to its Viveport content store. 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. The company said that it handed out 500 priority vouchers to developers who were present at VDC 2017.

Earlier this year, HTC was forced to drop the price of their Vive VR system from $799 to $599 after Oculus dramatically sliced the price of its similarly capable VR system from $798 to $399.

Going back to the Focus, one potential use case that intrigued me the most is that it can be hooked up to other HTC headsets - be it the Focus or even the original Vive - for social interaction.

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