HTC has announced that Vive Focus Plus – a new virtual reality headset launched last month – will be available on April 15 for $ 799. The Vive Focus Plus is a stand-alone headset with fully tracked motion controllers, following HTC's Vive Focus, which came with similar specifications but less limited tracking options. This is very similar to the upcoming Oculus Quest, but instead of a mass audience HTC has developed the Vive Focus Plus for business customers.
HTC will allow visitors to the Vive Ecosystem Conference to try out 15 different apps for the Internet Vive Focus Plus, which includes at least one game: a "Paintball VR" experience where the headset is paired with a haptic vest. However, it describes the system as something for corporate users who can buy it in 25 markets with support for 1
Like the original Vive Focus, the Vive Focus Plus is based on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor. Its screen offers 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye, comparable to the Oculus Quest and other newer headsets, though it is more modest than the high-resolution HP Reverb. Both the Vive Focus and the Focus Plus use integrated cameras for inside-out tracking, so there are no cables or external cameras. We had no good experience with the Vive Focus Plus tracking system, which was shaky and unreliable during a demo – but this could have been the result of testing the headset at a crowded fair, a remote with a small range of motion. The Focus Plus comes with a pair of controllers tracked by the internal cameras – similar to the Oculus Quest. These controllers significantly increase the original price of 599 US dollars, which already costs more than many consumer headsets. (The Oculus Quest costs $ 399, for example.) But HTC's focus on putting VR into business could potentially help sell potential users through the headset. And we're still waiting for HTC to offer more details about another headset: the somewhat mysterious Vive Cosmos.