HTC cancels standalone Daydream VR headset with Google, launches 'Vive Focus' instead

HTC cancels standalone Daydream VR headset with Google, launches 'Vive Focus' instead

This would make sense as HTC had been planning on working with Google to make a VR headset based on the search giant's Daydream VR platform, but it would appear that those plans have been cancelled and the Vive Focus happened instead. With Daydream not available in China, HTC is positioning its Viveport store as the default gateway for customers looking to access VR content.

In terms of functionality, design, and internal specs, the HTC Vive Focus is quite similar to the recently announced Oculus Go VR headset (it also comes with a single controller for VR apps/movies/gaming). But HTC did excel at capturing the enterprise side of the AR/VR market, which could explain backing away from a Daydream expansion.

This cancellation was later confirmed by Clay Bavor, Google's Vice President of Virtual and Augmented Reality, though he also implied that the other standalone Daydream headset from Lenovo is still in the pipeline.

The Vive Focus runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform with instant-on support while inside the headset there is a "high-resolution" AMOLED screen. We do know China is the primary focus (no pun intended) of the "first commercial standalone device to deliver inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking". HTC describes this as "world scale" as opposed to the HTC Vive's "room scale" setup. Vive Wave will assure a higher consistency in the user experience on a variety of mobile VR devices across various price points, making quality VR more accessible to the mass market.

The Vive Wave, as an open platform for virtual reality content, will look to bring together the fragmented mobile virtual reality market in China.

Therefore, Vive will continue to focus on the Chinese market for the rest of the year, he said.

Unfortunately, the Vive Focus is only heading to China for now with no word on if and when it will come to the United Kingdom or US.

Is this different from HTC Vive 2?

Samsung's Gear VR built with the help of Oculus gets somewhat there, as does Google's Daydream VR platform, but you need a compatible phone for each, again incurring cost, not to mention the battery life problem each have.

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