HTC has announced a new standalone VR headset called HTC Vive Focus. It will run on a new platform called Wave VR but will have access to the VivePort Store. It won’t require any smartphone or PC to operate like other VR headsets.
As we already know from earlier reports, the headset runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip and uses inside-out positional tracking. The headset will feature an AMOLED display however we don’t know anything about the resolution just yet. I will be the first standalone VR headset that comes with 6DoF (six degree-of-freedom).
As for as the design is concerned it is nothing like the original HTC Vive. The design is more refined and aesthetically pleasing. It seems like a marriage between the Sony Playstation VR and the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap. The rotating dial at the back to tighten or loosen the headset should make it fit better. The top side of the Vive Focus features a micro-USB socket for charging, which is kind of a letdown (It should have been a Type-C). On the top of the VR headset are a headphone jack, volume buttons, and an interpupillary distance dial. The headset also comes with stereo speakers managed to fit right above where your ears should be.
It comes with a new smaller 3DoF Bluetooth controller that also includes a trackpad. The controller features a thumb trackpad, a select button and a re-centering button at the top. The right side of the controller features volume buttons while the bottom side contains the trigger.
As for the availability, HTC has announced that the device will be released on in China. However, it did not reveal any info regarding the release date of the pricing.
Earlier HTC had announced they were working on a DayDream VR headset but that has been canceled at least for now.
HTC Said in a statement, “We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to Western markets on Daydream. We’re looking closely at our hardware roadmap, and will share when there is more to come for Western users next year.”