HTC Announces Vive Wave Open Mobile VR Platform, Vive Focus HMD

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One of the only questions I've asked HTC VR execs consistently over the past several months is whether the Daydream version of its upcoming standalone headset would ship on time in late 2017, they have consistently said it will, though now it seems as though the entire project has been cancelled. With over 35 content creators, based in China and across the world, involved in creating content for Vive Wave, HTC seems to be banking on the open platform unifying VR. It's a standalone VR headset that doesn't require a PC or mobile phone. No launch price or date has been announced, though developers can sign up for a development kit on HTC's Vive Focus page. Choice is great, of course, but when each device has its own content platform, it's hard for developers to support all systems, paving the way for one platform to dominate. HTC said that the no-hassle publishing system would support Viveport for PC VR and mobile VR content. "As the VR industry leader in China, it is our duty to help reduce market fragmentation and provide content developers with more ways to make money".

"In the past, standalones have always kind of represented a mediocre balance, where you don't have much content and you can only do rotational, and it's not that much different than Cardboard except now you have one individual machine", HTC Vive's China President Alvin Wang Graylin told Engadget. Today, the company announced that the headset would be known as the Vive Focus. While Oculus executives have outright noted that they are not particularly interested in making money off of hardware sales, there aren't many other options for HTC which has done a poor job of becoming a platform company in the United States despite being first-to-market.

The unit will be feature an AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, capable of "world-scale" tracking - the name HTC is giving to its inside-out 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) tracking.

Predictably, the Vive Focus headset is fully compatible with the Vive Wave open platform and Viveport content distribution system. Alongside that reveal was the news that it would be supported by a new open platform called Vive Wave.

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