HTC will start selling its standalone Vive Focus virtual reality headquarters worldwide, following a first launch in China earlier this…
HTC will start selling its standalone Vive Focus virtual reality headquarters worldwide, following a first launch in China earlier this year. The headset, which costs $ 599 in the US, is targeted at corporate customers in 37 countries. It’s part of a major attempt to make HTC VR headsets appealing to businesses, including a new Vive Sync collaboration program, which allows employees at different offices to meet and work together in VR.
Vive Focus is a standalone mobile headset that traces the user’s movement with outward facing cameras – similar to the upcoming Ocular Quest headset of £ 399. HTC announced it after interrupting a similar headset based on Google’s Daydream VR platform, and it was initially unclear whether Vive Focus would start outside of China. However, HTC confirmed an international edition in the spring, which made a development package available to US buyers.
We were impressed by Vive Focus & # 39; tracking quality, and since its inception, HTC has developed fully traceable motion controllers to complement its original remote-like pointing device. But do not expect a direct Oculus Quest competitor. HTC is not pitching this as a consumer device ̵
1; it is more likely to appear in training simulators, industrial design facilities or arcades. Buyers can add one of the two “Advantage” premium service and repair packages, giving the cost up to $ 749 or $ 799.
Vive Focus will be sitting next to HTC’s older $ 499 Vive and $ 799 Vive Pro headset, which is connected to a computer. HTC adds Vive Focus as the headset for “companies who want a truly mobile VR experience.” Unlike the original Vive, no external sensor maps need, and it has the same advanced 2880 x 1600 resolution as Vive Proffs; It is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset and has a battery life of up to three hours.
HTC featured another upcoming all-in-one headset by Chinese company Shadow Creator, using HTC’s Vive Wave mobile VR platform to launch a headset called VR’s shadow. It will be launched worldwide on November 11th and has a similar feature as Vive Focus, albeit with a slightly lower resolution screen.
HTC has expressed its views on corporate customers for a while now, but it underlines what is more than ever aimed with Vive Focus. It contrasts with competitors Oculus and Sony, who have portrayed their VR headsets as mass market entertainment devices, although Oculus also provides headsets for companies such as Walmart for training and other uses. HTC is likely to make the safer flight here, as companies have consistently used VR systems for decades, while it has just recently worn a niche in the consumer market. But for anyone who wants to buy a HTC-based VR headset for personal games or VR movies, it’s a bit disappointed.