HTC reveals Vive Focus VR headset


Daydream and Samsung Gear VR content can be ported across to Vive Wave, too and any developers using Unity can upload content to Viveport at the click of a single button.

At HTC's Vive Developer Conference, the company finally got to show off its upcoming standalone headset to the Beijing crowd - the Vive Focus.

"We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream", the spokesperson told TechCrunch, which Google's Clay Bavor also confirmed in a tweet, saying they remain "great partners".

So why is HTC ditching the US?

The device will use inside-out positional tracking to monitor movement, and will be used in conjunction with a controller. But on the other hand, building an ecosystem is far more complicated than building hardware, which is why HTC has taken the safer approach to focus on building up Vive Wave, and exclusively for China.

The first, called the Oculus Go, matches the capabilities of smartphone-based headsets.

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Separately, HTC has issued an invitation to VR and augmented-reality developers worldwide to participate in its Viveport Developer Awards, which are to recognize creativity and innovation in the field, as the company continues its efforts to build its own VR ecosystem.

There is no word on the exact release date or pricing of the device yet, but Lenovo is expected to share further details before the end of the year. At the time, HTC confirmed that it would be releasing a Vive-branded standalone device under this initiative.

The Vive Focus features an AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor to power the show.

Specifically, Vive Wave aims to standardize both hardware and software, in order to offer a vast library of VR content across a range of devices with optimal performance. It is an open interface that is created to allow interoperability between numerous mobile headsets and accessories. With the Vive Wave SDK, vendors can integrate accessories - be it a Leap Motion, gloves or even outside-in solutions for 6DoF input (and potentially eye-tracking solutions as icing on the cake).

He said HTC's the decision to release the Focus in only China made sense.