HTC Vive's standalone VR headsets give gamers access to virtual reality Vive titles, with no need for expensive PCs tethered to the helmet. This week, HTC announced that it would be partnering up with Qualcomm to release a standalone Vive powered by the Snapdragon 835. In fact, we know that a USA -bound and HTC-made headset in will run Daydream and use Google's WorldSense tracking in favor of Viveport and Qualcomm's setup.
The translation from the Chinese landing page names the headset the "Vive One", and states that it will be built upon the Viveport foundation, possibly negating the ability to connect to Steam altogether, as there isn't a mention of the platform anywhere on the Vive One page. While Google's standalone headset will obvious use the Android-based Daydream, this Vive standalone headset will use, well, Vive. This means it won't be as powerful as the gaming PC-fuelled Vive proper, but won't have any of the messy wires required by its cumbersome forebear either.
When it comes to pricing, HTC has said it's determined to deliver a headset that's "affordable" in a bid to make virtual reality more accessible in the region. We do know that the Chinese version lacks the Google WorldSense tech that the standalone coming to the United States will boast. This is how the project looks now and it was brought to market by a few Chinese companies.
HTC HAS UNVEILED its first standalone Vive VR headset, although it'll only be made available in China. Crisis Action VR offers compatibility with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and keyboard-and-mouse control options, so players are able to kill zombies or fight against real people using whatever tools they prefer. The VR headset does not require a PC or a smartphone, is completely standalone and will get content from the Viveport store in China. Here's all you need to know about the first Vive standalone visor, set to be a China exclusive, including news on the release of global headsets and supported games.
Regardless, even if this HTC headset is reminiscent of what Google will be announcing in the coming months, it's highly unlikely that this particular version will ever make its way to markets outside of China.