HTC has revealed the Vive Focus, its new all-in-one VR headset which will launch first in China, The Verge reports. The company instead introduced a separate device for the Chinese market that will be powered by a newly-announced mobile VR platform called Wave.
"Six degrees of freedom tracking is a standard feature on high-end PC and console headsets, and, with its support, instantly elevates Focus above cheaper smartphone VR headset solutions", said games analyst Piers Harding-Rolls, from IHS Markit.More news: Trump, Putin shake hands but no formal meeting expected
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HTC is launching a standalone Daydream VR headset in China today. Commenting on which, Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC, said in a press statement, "As the VR industry leader in China, it is our duty to help reduce market fragmentation and provide content developers with more ways to make money". The HTC Vive Focus comes with inside-out tracking to no external sensors are needed.
The headset will also benefit from access to a huge library of VR content through HTC's Viveport distribution portal.
HTC Vive Wave is the VR platform that will run on the Vive Focus VR headset. "What's more, with the new Vive Focus, we are excited to bring high-quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor".
So when developers port their Vive content to Vive Wave, they can choose to adopt 3DoF hand input or keep 6DoF by using additional accessories.