HTC Announces New VR Open Platform And Toolset

15 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Darrell Baldwin
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Throughout the Vive Focus event today, HTC never once referred to the headset as a Daydream VR device, which was a little odd given how it was first teased as one of the two standalone Daydream devices back at Google I/O.

There's little doubt that the world of virtual reality is here to stay, and while areas like augmented reality and mixed reality continue to help drive the area forward, igniting the embers of change on how we work and play, virtual reality mostly works to that latter one, the entertainment side. Unlike the regular HTC Vive, which requires an extensive set up, including being plugged into powerful and expensive high-end gaming PC, the Vive Focus doesn't have any wires and simply runs on its own.

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 company also announced Vive Wave, a VR open platform and tools for software and hardware developers created to provide an easy path for the production of mobile VR content for high-performance devices.




Confirmed, no Daydream standalone from HTC, but we remain great partners. The headset comes with a single motion controller. With 6DoF users will no longer need external base stations or sensors, instead can get positional tracking anytime and anywhere they travel.

Headsets from Facebook, Google and Samsung were not officially available in China, he said, which could leave a vacuum for HTC to occupy. The new Vive Focus adds counter balance to eliminate strain.

And for HTC, it's a product called the "Focus", a standalone VR headset that right now is being built for customers in China, but otherwise could end up being seen across the world.

The platform will make it very easy for developers to port content made for the Vive to the Vive Focus, with VR game Spark of Light for example only taking three hours. However, HTC said that they only have plans to release the headset in China and even with that there is still no details on the pricing or release date. More importantly, this is the first hardware implementation of the new Vive Wave platform.

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