HTC’s virtual reality division launched the Vive Focus standalone virtual reality headset in November last year. The company said at that time that it’s only going to release the headset in China. It’s now ready to release it in other markets, though. HTC has confirmed at the Game Developers Conference 2018 in San Francisco that it will soon release the standalone Vive Focus VR headset in markets outside China.
The Vive Focus VR headset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset and uses HTC’s Vive Wave VR open platform. The company points out that this is going to be the first six degrees of freedom capable standalone virtual reality to be commercially available.
It has a single 2880×1600 pixel resolution display with 110 degrees FOV. Other specs include support for up to 2TB microSD cards, a USB Type-C port, built-in microphones and speakers with a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and a built-in rechargeable battery with support for QC 3.0 fast charging.
Developers who want to create new experiences for this platform can check out HTC’s developer portal. The company has confirmed that it’s making Vive Focus developer kits available to registered developers in most countries starting today.
HTC hasn’t confirmed precisely when the Vive Focus is going to be released in markets outside China and how much it’s going to cost. It has only said that the headset will be available in global markets “later this year.”