HTC’s China-exclusive Vive Focus VR headset is now launching worldwide

HTC will begin selling its standalone Vive Focus virtual reality headset worldwide after its first launch in China earlier this year. The headset is available for $ 599 in the US and is available to business customers in 37 countries. It is part of an attempt to appeal to the company with an HTC VR headset, including a newly announced collaboration application called Vive Sync, which allows employees in different offices to meet and work with VR.

Vive Focus is a stand-alone mobile headset that tracks your movements with an outward-looking camera similar to the upcoming $ 399 Oculus Quest headset. HTC released a similar headset based on Google's Daydream VR platform and released it, and it was unclear whether Vive Focus would be available outside of China early on. However, HTC confirmed this international launch this spring and created a development kit for US buyers to use.

Vive Focus's & # 39; Since offering tracking quality and since its launch, HTC has developed a fully tracked motion controller to complement the original remote pointing device. But do not expect direct Oculus Quest competitors. HTC does not pitch this as a consumer device. Educational simulators, industrial design facilities, or arcades. Buyers can increase costs by up to $ 749 or $ 799 by adding one of two "Advantage" premium service and repair packages.

Vive Focus connects to your computer with HTC's older $ 499 Vive and $ 799 Vive Pro headsets. HTC highlights Vive Focus as a headset for businesses that want a "true mobile VR experience." Unlike the original Vive, it does not require an external sensor box and offers the same high-end 2880 x 1600 resolution as Vive; Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset, it provides up to three hours of battery life.

HTC uses HTC's Vive Wave mobile VR platform to highlight another all-in-one headset from Shadow Creator, a Chinese company. The headset was called Shadow VR. It will be available worldwide on November 11, with a slightly lower resolution screen but similar functionality to Vive Focus.

HTC is showing interest to business customers for a while. Vive Focus and more than ever. In contrast to competitors Oculus and Sony, Oculus offers headsets for education and other uses to companies like Walmart, but it depicts VR headsets as a mass-market entertainment device. HTC is likely to move to a safer direction now since it has emerged as a niche market in the consumer market, despite the steady use of VR systems by businesses for decades. However, it is disappointing for those who want to purchase an HTC built-in VR headset for personal games or VR movies.

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