Saturday, 25 November, 2017

HTC launches Vive Focus for China, drops plans for Daydream headset

HTC launches Vive Focus for China, drops plans for Daydream headset HTC launches Vive Focus for China, drops plans for Daydream headset
Sherri Watson | 14 November, 2017, 11:08

The HTC Focus aims to offer something like the best of both current VR worlds - you get a premium experience as with higher end virtual reality headsets, but with the same portability as things like Gear VR that use a phone to eliminate wires.

Meanwhile, the oft-teased HTC Vive Focus has a (predictable) name now, a number of (general) features revealed, but alas, no launch timeline whatsoever. Therefore it seems likely that those companies intent to integrate Vive Wave into their hardware. As previously announced, the Vive Focus runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and uses inside-out positional tracking.

HTC says it will be focusing its resources on a Qualcomm-powered standalone for the China market, which it is calling the Vive Focus.

Beyond the Vive headset, Google had announced that they were also working with Lenovo on a wireless Daydream headset. The Vive Focus is a head-mounted display equipped with 6 degrees-of-freedom, and world-scale tracking. At its Vive dev conference in Shanghai today, HTC announced the Vive Wave platform which pairs content development with syncing hardware partners behind their Viveport content store, which HTC is hoping to unify developers behind. HTC said that the no-hassle publishing system would support Viveport for PC VR and mobile VR content.

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. HTC is also accepting applications for Vive Wave developer kits through the Chinese Vive developer hub.

HTC didn't reveal many new details about the device, but the company confirmed that it would feature a low-latency, high-resolution AMOLED screen. The focus appears to be exclusively on China with this release as well. It should be the first standalone six-degrees-of-freedom VR headset to see release, though HTC isn't saying exactly when it'll be available.

Richard's love for gadgets was probably triggered by an electric shock at the age of five while poking his finger into power sockets for no reason.