HTC Vive standalone Daydream headset for the USA canceled

Angelica Greene
November 15, 2017

At the Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, HTC unveiled the Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset that offers both portability and power. At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.

While today marked the official unveiling of the Vive Focus, HTC is still mum on availability and pricing.

HTC has officially revealed the Vive Focus, its all-in-one VR headset.

What most want, however, isn't just wireless untethered VR, but standalone VR, allowing you to enter a virtual world from anywhere without being stuck down by cables.

The Vive Focus is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and features "six-degrees-of-freedom VR".

As for content, HTC has released its native Vive Wave VR open platform and toolset to bring new developments for the Vive Focus headset.

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"The combination of Snapdragon's ultra-low power, high-performance VR coupled with the new Vive Wave VR open platform will help content developers deliver best-in-class mobile VR experiences to users".

Google had announced at the Google I/O conference in May that HTC headsets for the US market would use the Daydream tracking platform.

According to Raymond Pao (鮑永哲), HTC VR new technology division vice president, Vive will not be able to launch a Daydream-compatible product in time for the year-end holiday shopping season in the US and Europe, where the Daydream is the VR platform of choice.

Developed for standalone headsets like the HTC Focus, Google WorldSense is essentially Google's way to track the world around you and apply the movement to the digital world. It is basically Google's Daydream platform, but for the Chinese market. It's a standalone headset and has inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom tracking, which means it doesn't need to be connected to a gaming PC or use external sensors to work.

We're not sure when Lenovo plans to release its standalone Daydream headset, but Bavor said that he'd have more details to share soon. There is also a 3DoF controller that comes along with the headset.

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