HTC announces that the Vive Focus stand-alone VR headset with the latest Vive Focus system update can be integrated with the new HTC U12 Plus smartphone. This allows users to receive messages and social alerts and answer calls on their U1
The integration was announced at HTC's annual Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC) in Shenzhen, China. In a statement, HTC's Chinese regional president Alvin Wang Graylin said this year's conference "marks the beginning of a new chapter for HTC as we combine our heritage of innovation in the mobile sector with our industry leadership in VR / AR."
HTC announces several more steps to expand the VR ecosystem around its Vive products, including partnerships with several major brands: Major League Baseball, Formula One and Seagate.
HTC has released the flagship U12 Plus earlier this week. To enable the integration of U12 Plus and Vive Focus, users will soon be able to download the Vive Focus System Update 2.0 from the HTC App Store or the Tencent App Store. Users can also connect their smartphones to PC-based Vive devices.
The announcements published at the conference also included new ways to share content between HTC devices. With the Vive Focus system update, users can stream content from the U12 Plus to Vive Focus. This opens up a new opportunity to use video content, games and millions of mobile applications. In addition, HTC announced that Vive Focus users will be able to access PC VR content from Viveport or Steam over a 5GHz Wi-Fi network.
In the meantime, HTC plans to expand Oasis's Beta VR application to allow users to create custom avatars and meet people in a new "social realm". The company is asking developers to participate in The Oasis Expansion: programs and applications for future inclusion in the Oasis beta world.
The announced partnerships, according to HTC, should help drive the spread of VR and AR. MLB Collaborates with HTC In a series of collaborations in China aimed at leveraging VR to build a larger baseball fanbase, VR elements are being integrated into two initiatives: the MLB Baseball Park Roadshow and the reality television show Perfect Pitch on Tencent Video
HTC Also Announced Collaboration with Formula One Team McLaren on Joint Production of VR Products and VR / AR Content
As the Seagate partnership with Seagate announced, announced HTC's "VR Power Drive" on the Vive Focus, which doubles the battery life of the Vive Focus and gives users access to a huge amount of media storage. The device, which is also compatible with the U12 Plus, will ship in Q3 this year.
"Over the years co I will continue to work with HTC and further optimize storage solutions to match VR application characteristics to better meet the specific data needs of Vive products and give Vive users the optimal experience at home or at home Jim Murphy, EVP of Global Sales & Marketing for Seagate, said in a statement.