HTC unveils new standalone VR headset in Beijing

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HTC unveils new standalone VR headset in Beijing

Beijing, Nov. 14 (CNA) Taiwanese consumer electronics company HTC Corp. unveiled its Vive Focus, a standalone virtual reality headset, at the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

The HTC Vive Focus, promoted as the first of its kind to actually reach the market, has a wireless, tangle-free design and comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a high-resolution AMOLED display and "6-degrees-of-freedom" (6DoF) tracking.

While the Vive Focus is a standalone device that is not connected to a computer or a smartphone, it has many of the same features as a high-tech machine, HTC said.

"You can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone," said HTC Vive's China President Alvin Wang Graylin (汪叢青).

HTC has been dominating the VR market in China over the past year, with the Vive taking an 82 percent share in the third quarter of the year.

HTC Vive will continue to focus on the Chinese market for the rest of the year, Wang said, as evidenced by the company's release of its Vive Wave VR open platform in Beijing on Tuesday alongside the Vive Focus.

The Vive Wave VR has been described as "Daydream for China," in reference to Google's VR platform Daydream.

The Vive Wave VR is utilized by the Vive Focus and features content built specifically for the platform by more than 35 Chinese and global VR content developers.

The platform also features an open interface that allows interoperability among numerous mobile VR headsets and accessories.

Twelve hardware partners, including Quanta, Pimax, Nubia, and iQIYI, reportedly have pledged their support for the integration of Vive Wave into their future products.

As HTC continues to focus on the Chinese market, it has decided not to launch a standalone VR headset this year that uses the Google Daydream.

According to Raymond Pao (鮑永哲), HTC VR new technology division vice president, Vive will not be able to launch a Daydream-compatible product in time for the year-end holiday shopping season in the U.S. and Europe, where the Daydream is the VR platform of choice.

Therefore, Vive will continue to focus on the Chinese market for the rest of the year, he said.

Meanwhile, HTC has issued an invitation to VR/AR developers worldwide to participate in its Viveport Developer Awards, which will recognize creativity and innovation in that field, as the company continues its efforts to build its own VR ecosystem.

(By Chiang Ming-yen and Kuan-lin Liu)

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