HTC Announces Vive Wave Open Mobile VR Platform, Vive Focus HMD

HTC Announces Vive Wave Open Mobile VR Platform, Vive Focus HMD

Instead, the unit intends to tread the lines between power, portability, and affordability, which puts it in competition with some recently announced Oculus headsets, in particular the Project Santa Cruz and more affordable Oculus Go. 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.

With China's VR market booming, the number of companies selling VR headsets, particularly for mobile, is also growing.

The goal of Vive Wave was to provide a unified interface and set of tools for developers to provide content for the HTC Vive Focus, as well as other mobile virtual reality (VR) devices.

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 have just announced the HTC Vive Focus.

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. The company did state that more than 100 developers are working on content for the unit. HTC hasn't given a lot more away about the Focus' other specs, like its screen resolution. The representative that we spoke with declined to discuss the full specifications of the hardware and would not say how much the Vive Focus would cost or when it would be available. Dubbed the Vive Focus, this all-in-one device features inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) "world-scale" tracking, meaning it doesn't require external base stations nor sensors, so you can get positional tracking anywhere at any time - even on a train or plane, should you wish to. The company said that it handed out 500 priority vouchers to developers who were present at VDC 2017.

The new VR headset is called the Vive Focus, and unlike the regular Vive, offers a stand-alone, untethered VR experience. HTC is also accepting applications for Vive Wave developer kits through the Chinese Vive developer hub.

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