HTC has announced that the Vive Focus Plus, a new virtual reality headset that was introduced last month, will launch on April 15 for $ 799. The Vive Focus Plus is a stand-alone headset with motion controllers with full tracking, Following the steps of HTC's Live Focus, which was launched with similar specifications but with more limited tracking options. It's slightly similar to the upcoming Oculus Quest, but instead of targeting a massive gaming audience, HTC designed the Vive Focus Plus for commercial customers.
HTC will allow visitors to its Living Ecosystem Conference to try 15 different applications for the Live Focus Plus, which includes at least one game: a "Paintball VR" experience where the headset is combined with a haptic vest. But it describes the system as something for business users, who will be able to buy it in 25 markets with support for 19 languages.
The Vive Focus Plus, like the original Live Focus, is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. Its screen offers 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye, on par with Oculus Quest and other newer headphones, although it is more modest than something like HP Reverb high resolution. Live Focus and Focus Plus use integrated cameras for inside-out tracking, so there are no external cables or cameras. We did not have a good experience with the Vive Focus Plus tracking system, which was unstable and unreliable during a demonstration, but could have been the result of having tested the headset at a crowded trade show.
The original Focus was shipped with a remote style controller with a small range of motion. The Focus Plus comes with a couple of drivers that are crawled through the internal cameras, once again, similar to the Oculus search. Those drivers add a little to the original price of $ 599, which already costs more than a lot of headphones for the consumer. (The Oculus Quest, for example, will cost $ 399). But HTC's focus on making VR work for businesses could help sell potential users with the handset. And we're still waiting for HTC to offer more details about other headphones: the somewhat mysterious Vive Cosmos.