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It was just a few hours ago at ChinaJoy HTC announced that they are developing a new VR headset for the people of China.

Everything you need to get a high-end VR experience is built into a standalone VR headset, no extra hardware required. HTC has a reference design for a standalone VR headset, and presumably the HTC unit is based on that design. Think of it as HTC's rival to Samsung's Gear VR, but you don't need a phone or a PC for HTC's to work.

We're also still waiting for the specs, although we do have some dark images showing an apparently light and plain headset. The two firms will reportedly come together to develop a stand-alone #Vr Headset for the #Chinese Market.

Regardless, even if this HTC headset is reminiscent of what Google will be announcing in the coming months, it's highly unlikely that this particular version will ever make its way to markets outside of China. This particular headset has a built-in VR functionality and it will allow the developers to more rapidly release compelling content for the same.

Those are the details we'll ahve to wait for when the HTC Vive Standalone does finally launch some time in the future.

What is important to note is that the VR gaming experience might function better since many standalone headsets are expected to use eye-tracking technology which will concentrate the quality of VR in the user's field of vision, improving gameplay. After successfully introducing one of the industry's first complete VR systems last year, the company this year revealed additional peripherals and accessories, including the Vive Tracker universal tracking device and the TPCast wireless upgrade.

We're not quite sure how we feel about this as even though the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is an impressive processor, it can't provide the same kind of quality as a VR-ready gaming PC - and that's what all HTC Vive content thus far has been created to run on.

The HTC VIVE Standalone VR headset is a yet another device of this kind to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is one of the highest-performing mobile processors available today. Today, Qualcomm enters a partnership with HTC to create a standalone VIVE headset that will be part of HTC's Viveport platform.


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