Vive Focus: VR 2.0
It seems like VR has taken a back seat to all of Apple’s AR buzz. But HTC’s most recent reveal of their standalone headset hopes to bring some excitement back into the VR space.HTC reveals a new standalone VR headset called Vive Focus VR. Much like the Oculus Go, the headset uses inside-out positional tracking to create 6 degrees of freedom. This is HTC’s first ever standalone product, much like the Oculus GO, Vive wants to create a more affordable and accessible headset.
The headset itself is much smaller than its cousin, HTC Vive. The Vive Focus’s design is aimed to be lighter and more comfortable to the user, which is the intent of this product. There is a head strap on the back of the headset to provide extra comfort, as well as built-in stereo speakers.
HTC is yet to release any real stats or specs relating to the product, or even release and dates for that matter. But the size and form factor compares to a Samsung Gear VR and I hope the price does too. It comes with a 3 Degree of freedom controller that you can use, much like of the Gear Vr and DayDream VR. Not sure how the combination of a 6-degree headset vs a 3-degree controller will feel but we will have to see.
I think this is the right move for VR right now, getting the hardware to detach from high-end PC’s but making it more seem like a console. The concept of high-end VR is too attached to the branding of needing a high-end PC to run it and most people don’t have access to that kind of PCs. Making VR accessible and easier to understand is a top priority in order to get the excitement back into space. It’s been a quiet few weeks, but with this new hardware coming into play, we hope for some new amazing stuff soon!