This week at the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing, China, HTC is revealing several new products and services to drive the global ecosystem for VR forward. One of the biggest new announcements is the Vive Focus, a new standalone VR head-mounted display (HMD). Like the Oculus Go HMD announced last month at Oculus Connect 4, the Vive Focus promises enhanced comfort for extended use and easy on-off capabilities. Importantly, the Focus is the first commercial standalone device to deliver inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF), which Vive has been calling “world-scale”.
The new Vive VR headset will initially be sold in China. HTC has not released any pricing details or given any indication if it intends to sell the Focus internationally. Without the need to be attached to a PC or a phone, the Vive Focus provides unlimited freedom of mobility while reducing the total cost for users to own a premium VR device in China.
Like most of the standalone HMDs previously announced, the Vive Focus is powered by the advanced features of Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ 835 VR Platform, whose Snapdragon 835 chip is already used in the HTC U11 smartphones.