09 January 2018
HTC first showcased its standalone VR headset at ChinaJoy 2017 in July and now the company has officially taken the wraps off at its Vive Developer Conference 2017. During the summer, HTC revealed only the key details of the same, though the details are still on scarce. Also, the pricing and availability details are still unknown.
Together with the Vive VR Focus, the company has also announced the Vive Wave, which is an open VR platform made to ease out the mobile VR content development and high-performance device optimization for the third-party partners.
HTC does mention that the new Vive Focus is meant for China, at least, for now, and it’s also based on the Vive Wave VR open platform.
This cable-free VR headset that doesn’t use PC or Mobile works independently. It has an AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. It comes with an enhanced comfort for the extended use, has an easy on-off capability. It also delivers inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) which Vive calls “world-scale.” This experience was previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor.
HTC says that 12 hardware partners, namely 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Nubia, Pico, Pimax, Quanta, and Thundercomm have announced their support for the integration of Vive Wave as well as VIVEPORT VR content platform. Also, over 35 Chinese and global content developers have already built VR content optimized for Vive Wave.