HTC Inexplicably Cancels Standalone Daydream Headset

The HTC Vive Focus Doesn’t Need A PC Or Mobile To Work Shannon Grixti

This news comes right as HTC debuts the "Vive Focus" standalone VR headset for other markets (aka not the US).

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.

What most want, however, isn't just wireless untethered VR, but standalone VR, allowing you to enter a virtual world from anywhere without being stuck down by cables.

The Vive Focus uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip which is said to feature a high-resolution AMOLED screen along with a rotational head strap. At the same time the company appears to have dropped plans to release a VR headset running Google's Daydream.

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".

The Vive Wave, as an open platform for virtual reality content, will look to bring together the fragmented mobile virtual reality market in China.

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Google had announced at the Google I/O conference in May that HTC headsets for the USA market would use the Daydream tracking platform. But HTC says the Vive Focus will be different. Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC Vive's China President has said HTC is only focusing on China for now with the Vive Focus headset.

HTC subsidiary Vive also calls the 6DoF technology "world-scale", basically canceling the need for external sensors or separate accessories apart from the headset itself and a bundled controller bizarrely limited to 3-degree-of-freedom capabilities.

Unity will also now be able to use Vive's in-app payment and VR advertisement functions, with an initial focus on the Chinese market, thus opening up revenue for VR developers and content creators.

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

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

No release date has been pinned for the Vive Focus, nor has a price been revealed.

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