HTC Shows Up Standalone Vive Focus VR Headset, But Cancels Daydream Plans

HTC, a Taiwan-based firm has officially revealed the Vive Focus – an all-in-one VR headset. As previously announced, the Vive Focus technically runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and uses inside-out positioning tracking. Though HTC isn’t saying anything literally about its availability, it should be the first standalone six-degree-of-freedom Virtual Reality headset top see release, soon.

Details on the HTC’s new Vive Focus comes out already saying that it uses a somewhat simple-looking three-degrees-of-freedom controller with a similar trackpad to the larger Vive devices.

The new VR headset’s design is unusual, instead of taking cues from both PlayStation VR and HTC’s own Vive Deluxe Audio Strap. It comes in a bright shade of blue. Other than that, HTC hasn’t given a lot more away about the Focus’ specifications, like its screen resolution to talk about.

Nevertheless, HTC has announced plans for the Vive Focus in China just yet, not mentioning any other details on pricing or a release date. If you were holding out for that Vive-branded standalone Google Daydream headset, this is the bad news – as HTC and Google have canceled their plans to bring it to the US.

Lenovo’s Daydream standalone is still in the works, according to Google VR VP Clay Bavor, though. We haven’t heard much on that topic since it was announced in May. Bavor says to expect more information “very soon”.

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