HTC launches its long-time rumoured all-in-one standalone VR headset called Vive Focus in Vive Developer Conference in Beijing on Monday. At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.
According to the press release, much like its predecessor, the HTC Vive Focus is a new VR device which enables people the freedom to enjoy virtual reality content anywhere. The Snapdragon 835-powered device is being touted as the first standalone headset to offer "world scale" inside-out six-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking support, although HTC hasn't yet said when the Vive Focus will be released.
This would make sense as HTC had been planning on working with Google to make a VR headset based on the search giant's Daydream VR platform, but it would appear that those plans have been cancelled and the Vive Focus happened instead.
The Vive Wave, as an open platform for virtual reality content, will look to bring together the fragmented mobile virtual reality market in China.
"We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream", the spokesperson told TechCrunch, which Google's Clay Bavor also confirmed in a tweet, saying they remain "great partners".
The Vive Focus has an AMOLED screen and uses internal sensors to work out where a person is looking. Like Valve's platform and Daydream, other companies will be able to make use of Vive Wave.
He said HTC's the decision to release the Focus in only China made sense. It comes with a 3DoF controller.
Developed for standalone headsets like the HTC Focus, Google WorldSense is essentially Google's way to track the world around you and apply the movement to the digital world. Google hasn't exactly been seen as a serious player in the VR market, be it with its Cardboard VR nor with this new Daydream platform.