HTC has arrived on the shelves of the Virtual Reality (VR) suite, and today, as part of the Vive Developer Conference in Beijing, the Taiwanese manufacturer has finally presented the world with a new VR helmet, ending rumors that have murmured throughout 2017. The headset has been named Vive Focus and is an independent device that does require a computer or smartphone to run applications.
One exciting advantage of the new device is its built-in tracking system of the user’s head in a space with six degrees of freedom. The manufacturer proudly calls this system ‘whole-world-tracking.’ A user requires no external sensors or cameras to register the slightest tilt or move the headset in space.
According to official HTC representatives, the device is unique to the market, even though other manufacturers have recently introduced similar products – Oculus, Lenovo and Acer et al. Independent headsets such as this often suffer from a lack of applications and games, as well as from unbalanced iron, which greatly affects the quality of graphics and effects. HTC, however, is confident that they have managed to overcome such pitfalls thanks to the headset’s powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, and the official software store.
The device is equipped with a high-resolution AMOLED display and comfortable straps that hold the headset to the user’s head. Another surprise element is the fact that the helmet will come complete with a motion controller that has three degrees of freedom. Software coding for the unit is already being undertaken by 12 HTC partner companies. To simplify, as well as diversify the development of the software, the Taiwanese manufacturer has introduced its Vive Wave VR platform, thanks to which, anyone can write an application for the headset.
Pricing for the device has not yet been reported, and its release date too is yet unknown.