HTC Vive Focus VR Headset Powered by Snapdragon 835 is Official

Posted November 16, 2017

HTC has also announced that is abandoning the development of Daydream VR headset and it appears it is putting all of its eggs into China market as, according to HTC's Vice President Raymond Pao statement for Engadget.com, it appears that the company now have no plans to take the Vive Wave platform outside of China. It was unveiled through Vive Developers Conference that was held in Beijing, China.

Functioning ultramodern Vive Focus on the basis of Qualcomm Snapdragon processor 835. The trackpad available on it is similar to the one found on the bigger Vive devices.

The device will come with an inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) "world scale" tracking. Talking about the design of the device, it brings together PlayStation VR with the original Vive. "This is HTC's open platform for VR, meaning that our games, without extra work, now are playable on many VR headsets of different manufacturers", Pillow's Willow VR studios CEO Andy Lürling mentions; 'This really can be seen as a new step to maturity of the VR market'. According to the official website, the Vive Focus is enabled with WorldSense feature which delivers six degrees of movement such as left, right, up, down, forwards and backwards. HTC will be also bringing games and VR experiences through Vivereport on Vive Focus.

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The platform will make it very easy for developers to port content made for the Vive to the Vive Focus, with VR game Spark of Light for example only taking three hours. Content created for Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream VR is also expected to come soon on Vive Wave.

In November 2016, HTC was forced to drop the price of their Vive VR system from $799 to $599 after Oculus drastically cut down the price of its product having same capability VR system from $798 to $399.

As for Google's Daydream platform, while this is a step-back for their own standalone Daydream plans, it shouldn't be a major shift.