HTC Vive Focus, a mobile standalone VR headset first launched last year in China, is now going worldwide by year's end, according to an announcement by HTC during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It is also hoped to be of interest to commercial/enterprise users who want to deploy stunning VR experiences in a convenient and portable form.
But it's probably safe to assume the HTC Vive Focus will be costlier than the Oculus Go, Lenovo Mirage Solo with Daydream, as well as the original Vive, while undercutting the Vive Pro. Vive Focus is the first 6DOF stand-alone VR headset to be commercially available. HTC didn't give up on standalone VR, but the company refocused its efforts towards the booming VR market in china. It has only said that the headset will be available in global markets "later this year".
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No, as it turns out, HTC is not strictly focused on its growing family of state-of-the-art PC-based VR headsets. However, we had a feeling the device may eventually come to North America because HTC brought the Vive Focus to CES, Mobile World Congress, and GDC to show it to the press and woo developers. But greater things could be coming down the road: Qualcomm's higher-end Snapdragon 845 processor is already in a developer kit VR headset with built-in eye tracking that also includes a Vive Wave SDK for making apps. Viveport continues to be the best platform for VR developers, and this rev-share opportunity is just another way in which we are empowering developers to create the best VR content, not matter what hardware device.