HTC Vive’s venture into standalone VR headsets, the Vive Focus, was unveiled late last year, but the launch was unfortunately confined to the Chinese market. Unlike existing VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift or the standard HTC Vive, the Focus doesn’t require being tethered to a powerful computer to work, making it a truly standalone experience. On the other hand, existing standalone virtual reality goggles like the Gear VR, Daydream View, or upcoming Oculus Go don’t have spatial tracking, meaning that users aren’t able to move around in 3D space.
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Qualcomm today at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), announced a new virtual reality development kit which consists of a wireless, standalone VR head-mounted display (HMD), and a new software development kit (SDK) based on the powerful Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Platform. The company recently introduced the Snapdragon 845 VR reference design. Qualcomm says that the new virtual reality development kit (VRDK) is designed with an aim to support the next generation of mobile virtual reality applications. Furthermore, Snapdragon 845 is capable of supporting immersive VR experiences. The development kit is designed as a stand-alone mobile VR platform which will be supported by Snapdragon profiler and power optimization tools to simplify development and provide VR application developers with access to new VR features. New technologies like Room-scale 6DoF SLAM, Qualcomm Adreno Foveation, Eye Tracking, and Boundary System that are important for immersive VR experiences will be supported in the Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality Development Kit. Furthermore, Qualcomm has also announced that it will offer support for the HTC Vive Wave VR SDK on the Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality Development Kit and is expected to be available later this year. The Snapdragon 845 Virtual Reality Development Kit’s hardware HMD and companion SDK are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2018. Commenting on the …
Looks like the start of Vive Pro pre-orders isn’t the only VR news that HTC has to share this week.
HTC said today that its standalone Vive Focus headset will be sold in “international markets later this year.” That’s about all that HTC had to say about the rollout, though, so it’s unclear exactly which markets will get the Vive Focus and when they’ll get it.
The HTC Vive Focus is a standalone virtual reality headset, meaning that unlike the Vive and Vive Pro, you don’t need a powerful PC to use it. The headset includes a 2880×1600 AMOLED display and Snapdragon 835 processor, a microSD slot, built-in microphones and speakers, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It features QuickCharge 3.0 charging, and HTC says that you can get up to 3 hours of active use on a single charge.
HTC currently only sells the Vive Focus in China, where it’s priced at ¥3,999 ($ 632 USD) for the Almond White model and ¥4,299 ($ 680 USD) for the Electric Blue version.
If you're interested in the HTC Vive Focus VR headset but you don't live in China, you've basically been out of luck. That is, until now. Today, HTC announced that the Vive Focus would be available in international markets later this year. It's the f…
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HTC today announced its $ 799 Vive Pro headset is available for preorder with shipping set to begin April 5th. If the most expensive consumer VR headset to date doesn’t tempt you, the company is also dropping the current Vive headset by $ 100 to $ 499. With games like Skyrim and Ark Park set to release on the platform soon it’s a good time to get in on the VR craze. The Vive Pro was revealed earlier this year at CES with a laundry list of upgraded features: Two OLED screens at 2880×1600 resolution give the Pro a 78 percent increase over…
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The Vive Pro VR headset unveiled this year is now available for pre-order at 800/880/£800. If you pre-order by June 3, your Vive Pro will ship on April 5 and you get a 6-month subscription to Viveport, where you can play up to 5 titles a month (out of a library of 400+). The “Pro” model has 78% higher resolution thanks to its new OLED panels (combined resolution is 2,880 x 1,600px). The headset has redesigned straps for increased comfort and headphones with built-in amps. The Pro also has two cameras for AR applications. If the Pro is too pricey for you, you can grab the regular…
Back in January at the CES, HTC had introduced the HTC VIVE Pro with dual-OLED displays, and today the company has announced it is available for pre-order at $ 799. The company has also announced a price cut of $ 100 for the current Vive full kit, bringing down its price to $ 499. The VIVE Pro upgrade packs dual-OLED displays with 2880 x 1600 resolution combined which is a 78% increase in resolution over the current VIVE HMD. The improved resolution brings much sharper text, graphics, and overall experience. The VIVE Pro also features built-in high-performing headphones with a built-in amplifier and dual microphones with active noise cancellation. It also has dual front-facing cameras designed to empower developer creativity. The Vive Pro also features a redesigned head-strap that is capable of balancing the weight of the headset more evenly and features easy simple adjustment buttons for Vive users with glasses. It works with both SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0. All the pre-orders and orders made before June 3rd will come with a free six-month trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month from the more than 400 titles available. For those who purchased the Pro after the first 60 days of orders will come with a free two-month trial. The HTC VIVE Pro is priced at $ 799 (Rs. 52,110 approx.) and …
After revealing the Vive Pro at CES earlier this year, HTC will now let you claim one of your very own.
The HTC Vive Pro is now available for pre-order for $ 799. This price only includes the headset, meaning there are no controllers, base stations, or Vive wireless adapters included. HTC does say that the Vive Pro supports SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0, though, meaning that owners of the current HTC Vive can upgrade their headset and keep their controllers and base stations.
The Vive Pro offers several upgrades over its predecessor. It’s got dual 3.5-inch AMOLED displays that each has a resolution of 1440×1600, which works out to a total resolution of 2880×1600. It’s got a 90Hz refresh rate and 110-degree field of view, and HTC touts that the Vive Pro has an optimized face cushion for a more comfortable, immersive experience.
HTC will begin shipping Vive Pro units on April 5. Customers who order before June 3 will get a free six-month Viveport Subscroption. This service gives Vive users access to five different Vive apps each month.
Also announced today is that HTC is dropping the price of its original HTC Vive full kit. That bundle now costs $ 499 and includes the HTC Vive headset along with 2 wireless controllers and 2 base stations.