HTC Vive President China, Alvin Graylin Wang, revealed the forthcoming Vive Focus late last night, a new standalone head-mounted display (HMD), the HTC Developer Conference in Beijing. At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.
Design-wise, the Vive Focus looks a little like the original HTC Vive has been mixed with the PlayStation VR headset. As previously announced, the Vive Focus runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and uses inside-out positional tracking.
As for content, HTC has released its native Vive Wave VR open platform and toolset to bring new developments for the Vive Focus headset.
As for Daydream headsets, HTC leaving the project isn't killing it. Bavor also confirmed on Twitter that Lenovo is still working on its Daydream headset and that we'll hear more "soon". On the software side, not only is it about optimizing performance for medium-level hardware to ensure sub-20ms latency, but it's also about making it as easy as possible for developers to port from Vive, Daydream or Samsung Gear VR. "We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream", an HTC spokesperson told TechCrunch. It is basically Google's Daydream platform, but for the Chinese market.
HTC's Vive Focus will use the HTC Vive Wave VR platform. Dubbed the Vive Focus, the headset is the "first commercial standalone device" with inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF), which means it doesn't need a base station to track your movements.
Just make sure you're ok with waiting, because with no word on HTC Focus VR being released outside of China - and no official release date for that part of the world - you may still be waiting a little longer than you'd like.
The headset will also benefit from access to a huge library of VR content through HTC's Viveport distribution portal.
Availability details remain a mystery, although it's likely the Vive Focus will be released in China before it sees a global rollout.