HTC Vive Announces Vive Focus And Vive Wave VR Open Platform

HTC has finally released its wireless VR headset, HTC Vive Focus – the first independent Virtual Reality headset in its class that packs an AMOLED display and a high-end Snapdragon 835 CPU in it. The company has announced the Vive Focus alongside Vive Wave VR Open Platform at a Vive Developers Conference (VDC) held in Beijing.

The HTC Vive Focus competes with the Oculus Go which is also a standalone all-in-one VR headset. The HTC Vive Focus does not need a powerful computer or a smartphone to display the VR content. It delivers inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF) which Vive calls ‘world-scale’.

It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that mostly found on flagships like Samsung Galaxy S8 (US variant), OnePlus 5, Sony Xperia XZ1 and others. In addition to the CPU, it also carries its own 2K AMOLED screen with 90 Hz refresh rate to deliver the best VR experience. HTC didn’t mention the price and availability of the product. The company has planned it exclusively for China market. However, we expect it to hit the rest of the markets soon after released in China.

Vive Wave will open up the path to easy mobile VR content development and device optimization for third-party partners. A total of twelve hardware partners in China support Vive Wave and VIVEPORT VR content platform including 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Nubia, Pico, Pimax, Quanta, and Thundercomm.

Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC, said,

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. 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.”