HTC Finally Announces Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset

Share
HTC Finally Announces Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset

With the Vive Wave SDK, vendors can integrate accessories - be it a Leap Motion, gloves or even outside-in solutions for 6DoF input (and potentially eye-tracking solutions as icing on the cake).

HTC announced a stand-alone VR (virtual reality) headset and new VR development platform at the Vive Developer Conference in China. Choice is great, of course, but when each device has its own content platform, it's hard for developers to support all systems, paving the way for one platform to dominate.

It's unclear, but unlikely that this will play fully blown Vive VR games such as L.A. Noire and the like, but it'll be interesting to see where this kind of tech goes in the near future. The Vive Focus eschews the need for base stations, backpack mounted PCs, and smartphones. That said, it can also be used with a separate controller for additional functionality. According to Graylin, China's standalone VR market's revenue share grew from 5 percent to a whopping 24 percent in Q3 alone, while mobile VR still has 50 percent revenue share in the same region, so he believes that both markets will appeal to developers across the world. It doesn't appear HTC has mentioned any pricing at this time, though the company does say that more than 100 developers are now working on content for Focus. "The combination of Snapdragon's ultra-low power, high performance VR coupled with the new Vive Wave VR open platform will help content developers deliver best-in-class mobile VR experiences to users".

There's no word on the release or pricing of the HTC Vive Focus just yet.

Going back to the Focus, one potential use case that intrigued me the most is that it can be hooked up to other HTC headsets - be it the Focus or even the original Vive - for social interaction. It also packs a high resolution AMOLED display, although HTC has been rather light on the details of what this is about. The representative that we spoke with declined to discuss the full specifications of the hardware and would not say how much the Vive Focus would cost or when it would be available. Per the device's website, the headset supports something called WorldSense which support six degrees of freedom, allowing for natural movements like ducking, leaning, and peeking. HTC is also accepting applications for Vive Wave developer kits through the Chinese Vive developer hub.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

The Trexquant Investment LP Purchases 404137 Shares of Whiting Petroleum Corp. (WLL)
It is positive, as 42 investors sold WLL shares while 63 reduced holdings. 10 funds opened positions while 27 raised stakes. Imperial Capital's price target would suggest a potential downside of 76.69% from the company's current price.

Marlins have sense of where Giancarlo Stanton will accept trade
What we don't know, and maybe no one else knows, either, is just what a trade of Stanton is going to look like. So I think there are a lot of options out on the table, but right now Stanton and Martinez are the top guys.

Suspect who stabbed security guards killed by police: cops
Police told him to drop the knife.The suspect refused and proceeded toward the officers, a source said. Officials have not at this time confirmed the conditions of the women or the man shot.

AT&T and Verizon are going to build cell towers together
It's perhaps worth noting that Tillman Infrastructure is rather an unconventional choice when it comes to cell tower companies. In the leasing business model, AT&T and Verizon have to continuously make leasing payments, thus costing them more long-term.

Prince Charles's Letter From 1986 Blamed Jews for Unrest in Middle East
In 1993, Charles delivered what was then considered to be the most pro-Islamic speech ever made by a member of the Royal Family. A Clarence House spokesperson said the thoughts, expressed in the 1986 letter, were actually " not The Prince's own views ".

Court Place Advisors LLC Has $6.79 Million Position in Aetna Inc. (AET)
Currently, 85.31 million total shares are owned by the public and among those 82.58 million shares have been available to trade. Zacks Investment Research lowered Aetna from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research report on Thursday, November 2nd.

Opko Health Inc (NYSE:OPK) EPS Analysis
According to their observations and findings, the stock could provide a high EPS of $-0.04/share and a low EPS of $-0.09/share. Also, CEO Phillip Md Et Al Frost purchased 10,000 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Monday, August 14th.

Stray cat prime suspect in attempted murder
A stray cat is the chief suspect in an attempted murder case in Japan that left an elderly bedridden woman covered in cuts. The bedridden woman was reportedly found by her daughter bleeding badly from about 20 cuts to her face on November 6.

World Record-Setting BASE Jumper Valery Rozov Killed in the Himalayas
Base jumping involves jumping from a cliff, bridge or other platform then freefalling before activating a parachute or wingsuit. The extreme sport is significantly more risky than jumping from a plane with a parachute as they take place at lower altitudes.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger: 'Manchester City are not unstoppable'
City are now eight points clear at the top of the Premier League, unbeaten in 11 games and are looking unbeatable. But Wenger again was non-committal on City's chances of emulating that Arsenal side.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.