HTC will launch Vive Focus' standalone virtual reality headset after its first launch in China earlier this year. The headset, which will cost $ 599 in the US, will target business customers in 37 countries. It is part of a broader effort to make HTC VR headsets attractive to businesses, including the recently announced collaboration app Vive Sync, which allows employees to meet and work together in various VR offices.
The Vive Focus is a self-contained mobile phone headset that tracks the movement of a user with outward facing cameras – similar to the upcoming $ 399 Oculus Quest headset. HTC announced this after a similar headset was discontinued based on Google's Daydream VR platform, and it was initially unclear whether the Vive Focus would be launched outside of China. HTC, however, confirmed this spring an international publication that provided buyers in the US with a development kit.
The Vive Focus impressed us. Tracking quality, and HTC has developed fully traceable motion controls since its inception to complement its original remote-controlled pointing device. However, do not expect a direct competitor of Oculus Quest. HTC does not present this as a consumer device ̵
The Vive Focus will sit next to the older HTC HTC Vive ($ 499) and Vive Pro ($ 799) connected to a computer. HTC offers the Vive Focus as a headset for "businesses looking for a truly mobile VR experience." Unlike the original Vive, no external sensor boxes are needed and it has the same high-end 2880 x 1600 resolution as the Vive Pro ; Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset, the device has a battery life of up to three hours.
HTC unveiled another emerging all-in-one headset from Chinese company Shadow Creator, which uses HTC's Vive Wave Mobile VR platform to launch a new platform headset called Shadow VR. It will be launched around the world on November 11th and has a similar feature set to the Vive Focus, but with a slightly lower resolution screen.
HTC has been targeting business customers for some time, but emphasizes this goal more than ever before with the Vive Focus. This contrasts with competitors Oculus and Sony, who have portrayed their VR headsets as mass-market entertainment devices – although Oculus headsets also provide companies like Walmart for training and other purposes. HTC is probably making the safer step here, as companies have consistently used VR systems for decades, and have just recently conquered a niche in the consumer market. For anyone who wants to buy a HTC-built VR headset for personal games or VR movies, this is a disappointment.