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HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with 'world-scale' tracking

HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with 'world-scale' tracking

At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China. The headset is designed with visual elements taken from the PlayStation VR and HTC's Vive Deluxe Audio Strap and has a bright blue colour profile.

HTC has been a proponent of virtual reality for quite some time, and its Vive VR headset has been praised as one of the best available on the market.

What most want, however, isn't just wireless untethered VR, but standalone VR, allowing you to enter a virtual world from anywhere without being stuck down by cables.

Alongside the new VR headset, HTC also announced the Vive Wave, an open platform content that will make it easier for developers to dive into virtual reality.

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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With 12 third-party hardware partners already supporting the platform, and over 35 developers already creating content for the platform, Wave's future is looking bright... at least in China. "We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to western markets on Daydream", said Patrick Seybold, Vice President, Communications & Social Media. The HTC Vive Focus comes with inside-out tracking to no external sensors are needed. This means that it does not require connections to accessories such as base stations like the HTC Vive VR headset.

What is the HTC Vive Focus?

But HTC's headset wasn't the only device in development: Lenovo is also building a standalone Daydream headset, and Bavor said he's "been using and loving" his Lenovo Daydream HMD. Like Valve's platform and Daydream, other companies will be able to make use of Vive Wave. There is also a single handheld controller for interacting with games and menus.

In addition to providing 6DoF, the Vive Focus is not tethered to a computer, as a result, wearers will have increased mobility with the headset on.