HTC will start selling its stand-alone Vive Focus virtual headset worldwide, after a first launch in China at the start of this year. The headset, which will cost $ 599 in the United States, is intended for business customers in 37 countries. It's part of a broader attempt to make HTC VR headphones appealing to businesses, including a new collaboration app called Vive Sync, which allows employees of different offices to meet and work together in VR.
Vive Focus is a stand-alone mobile phone that tracks a user's movement with external cameras – similar to the upcoming $ 399 Oculus Quest headset. HTC announced this after canceling a similar headset based on Google's Daydream VR platform, and it was initially unclear whether Vive Focus would be launched outside of China. However, this spring, HTC has confirmed its international release, providing a development kit to US buyers.
We were impressed by Vive Focus & # 39; Tracking quality and from its launch, HTC has developed fully tracked motion controllers to complement its remote pointing device similar to the original one. But do not expect a direct competitor to Oculus Quest. HTC does not propose it as a consumer device: it is more likely to be present in training simulators, industrial design facilities or amusement arcades. Buyers can add one of the two premium "Advantage" services and repair packages, bringing the cost up to $ 749 or $ 799.
The Vive Focus will go alongside the old $ 499 Vive and $ 799 Vive Pro Vive Pro headset from HTC, connected to the computer. HTC appreciates Vive Focus as a headset for "companies that want a truly mobile VR experience". Unlike the original Vive, it does not require any external sensor box and has the same high-end 2880 x 1
HTC highlighted another upcoming all-in-one headset from the Chinese company Shadow Creator, which uses HTC's Vive Wave mobile VR platform to launch a headset called Shadow VR. It will be launched around the world on November 11th, and has a similar function to Vive Focus, albeit with a slightly lower screen.
HTC has set its sights on business customers for a while, but is emphasizing this goal more than ever with Vive Focus. This is a contrast to competitors Oculus and Sony, who have interpreted their VR headsets as entertainment devices for the mass market – although Oculus also provides headsets to companies like Walmart for training and other uses. It is likely that HTC is making the safest move here, as companies have been using VR systems for decades, while only recently has it carved out a niche in the consumer market. But for those looking to buy a VR headset created by HTC for personal games or VR movies, it's a bit of a disappointment.