HTC Focus VR headset stands alone with six degrees of freedom

Just weeks after Oculus' announcement of its Go standalone virtual reality headsets comes the Vive Focus, HTC's own standalone VR device. The Focus relies on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC found in just about every current Android flagship phone for processing and graphics, so we expect it'll offer an experience closer to mobile VR than what can be accomplished by a high-end PC and the original Vive headset. The manufacturer says the Focus will be the first standalone HMD to hit the market with inside-out six-degrees-of-freedom tracking that does away with external tracking sensors.

The headset has an unusual upswept design and appears to come with a controller. The only color available is the blue color shown in the image above. The Vive Focus doesn't require a PC or a smartphone for operation, though HTC declined to offer information about the resolution or refresh rate of the AMOLED screens inside. For now the Vive Focus is meant specifically for the Chinese market and the company didn't have anything to say about pricing or availability in the US, though we wouldn't be surprised to hear about wider availability in the near future.

In related news, The Verge reports that Google has canceled plans to release a Daydream standalone headset in partnership with HTC. A Daydream standalone headset made in conjunction with Lenovo is still reportedly on track, however.

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    • Laykun
    • 2 years ago

    Only available in THAT blue? Are they insane?

      • shank15217
      • 2 years ago

      Don’t worry, you won’t be getting any women wearing that thing, no matter what color it comes in.

    • ronch
    • 2 years ago

    I haven’t been following VR very much but I just wanna know : how is the VR market doing? Are we seeing a lot of interest and are headsets selling well? I believe the market is fragmented also, so how’s that shaping up?

      • GrimDanfango
      • 2 years ago

      It seems to me that the core bleeding-edge VR development scene (PC-based Vive and Rift) is fairly happily settling in to a solid, innovative stride, while everyone else scrabbles around trying to kick off their imagined next-big-world-changing-iphone-esque gold-rush with cheap kit and cheap gimmicks.

      I actually think that might be what proper VR needs… when the core VR tech does get lots of attention, it’s invariably “why isn’t it selling billions and setting the world on fire overnight?!?!?!?” attention, when what it really needs is years and years of considered, intelligent, steady development, and for people to just enjoy the various remarkable innovations without constantly panicking about the state of a mass market that doesn’t and doesn’t need to exist yet.
      With the likes of Lone Echo coming along already, it’s not like developers are dragging their heels, and it’s developers like that who will form the foundations and eventually rise to super-stardom once the long-play side of VR pans out.

      I’d say it’s looking just fine, overall.

    • Chrispy_
    • 2 years ago

    Wait, so I assumed this was an Android headset capable of running VR content and apps already on the android ecosystem, but the wording of the article and HTCs blurb seems to indicated that this is a console-like closed ecosystem.

    If that’s true, the more important news would be the announcement of VR launch titles. Like in the console world, it would be corporate suicide to launch a VR headset without a catalogue of reason-to-buy-this-product VR titles to go with it….

      • nico1982
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<] I assumed this was an Android headset capable of running VR content and apps already on the android ecosystem[/quote<] The Focus came out of the blue. The one you assumed was a Daydream headset, it got scrapped for the Focus. It is cited at the bottom of the article.

        • Chrispy_
        • 2 years ago

        Actually I assumed it was an Android headset because it’s not spefically stated that it’s not, and because it runs a Snapdragon SoC which is the most common Android processor.

        I wasn’t following the Focus, nor do I care two hoots about any Android VR headset. We have lots of them at work and they’re all equally gimmicky, pointless rubbish thanks to the limitations of both the applications made for them, and the fundamental weakness of the mobile-derived hardware – both in graphics horsepower, and also positional sensor accuracy/latency.

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