Smartphone Specialist Awarded for VR Headset HTC is expanding its range of Vive hardware. The latest device is the Vive Focus, a design that used to be limited to the Chinese market and will enter 37 new markets, including the US and Europe, next week.
The Vive Focus has been on the market since the end of last year as a standalone, mobile alternative to the expensive Vive for PCs. It uses a Snapdragon 835 processor, which is also featured on 201
That's a good thing, since the 600 Euro mark is not enough for that. The company is competitive with the Oculus Go (19459007) or entry-level PC-powered VR headsets. The standard model does not even include a controller with six levels of control – an integral part of large-scale VR games – even though it's upgrading to $ 750.
The Vive Focus uses Android software, but does not use Google's Daydream platform, instead a modified version of HTC's Vive Wave software and app / game store.
In short, a "new Vive" may sound exciting, but does not seem at first glance so it will make it into the hands of many consumers. That's a shame, because HTC's experience with VR hardware and a surprisingly high-resolution set of 1440 × 800 screens (one for each eye) would have provided much more impressive experiences than Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR currently do.
If you're looking for a more complete option, the Oculus Rift is only $ 350 and the original HTC Vive is $ 500, but both games require rugged gaming PCs.
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