Smartphone specialist made VR headset honcho HTC extends its range of Vive hardware. The latest device is Vive Focus, a design that was previously limited to the Chinese market, coming to 37 new markets next week, including the United States and Europe.
Vive Focus has been around since the end of last year when it was introduced as a standalone, mobile-powered alternative to the expensive Vive for computers. It uses a Snapdragon 835 processor, also featured in 2017's best Android smartphones, which may cause you to think it's supposed to compete with the upcoming Oculus Go. But in fact, HTC says that Vive Focus will be promoted for corporate applications, such as retailers who hope to provide virtual tours to customers or trainers hoping to make VR simulations.
It's good because the 600 USD does not make it "competitive" with either the $ 400 Oculus Go or entry level PC-powered VR headset. The standard model does not even contain a six-degree controller control – a significant part of full-scale VR games – even though an upgraded $ 750 model does.
Vive Focus runs Android software, but it does not use Google's daydream platform, instead, using a modified version of HTC's Vive Wave
In short, while a "New Vive" may sound exciting, it does not look like this will make it to many consumer hands. It's a pity, because HTC's VR hardware experience and a surprisingly high resolution 1440 × 800 (one for each eye) screen would have enabled much more impressive experiences than currently available through Google Daydream or laughing at Samsung Gear VR.
If you're looking for a more expansive option, Oculus Rift is only $ 350, and the original HTC Vive is $ 500, but both require you to play something with fleshy gaming computers.
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