HTC’s Vive Focus standalone VR headset launches in China on December 12

Whereas there’s nonetheless no phrase on a western launch, HTC’s first standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus, lastly has launch particulars for China.

The corporate confirmed at present that pre-orders for the headset, which runs on its new Vive Wave platform, will begin on December 12th, with first shipments anticipated in January 2018. You’ll be able to pre-order from the official Vive website. You’ll be able to try a brand new trailer of it under.

As for pricing, there’s an ordinary ‘Almond White’ version of the gadget that prices ¥three,999 ($604.49). Sure, that’s barely costlier than the $600 PC-based Vive within the US, but it surely’s vital to do not forget that that headset prices $820.57 in China, so it’s potential that it may very well be considerably cheaper if it ever did come to the west.

There’s additionally a Particular ‘Electrical Blue’ Version of the gadget that prices ¥four,999 ($755.65). As a standalone gadget, these costs get you all it’s worthwhile to leap into VR; there’s no want for a separate PC to run it on or cellular gadget to plug into.

Vive Focus boasts its personal inside-out monitoring answer permitting your head to maneuver by way of digital area in any route, however with a 3 levels of freedom (3DOF) controller that’s used extra as a pointer. It’s additionally received a 3K AMOLED show with a 75Hz refresh fee and a 110 diploma area of view (FOV).

On the identical time Vive Focus was introduced, Google confirmed that its personal standalone VR headset made in partnership with HTC had been cancelled. The gadget was much like the Focus however would run on Google’s Daydream platform. A standalone headset from Google and Lenovo continues to be on the best way.

We’ve requested HTC as soon as extra if the corporate has any plans for a launch within the west. Oculus, in the meantime, will likely be launching its first standalone, all 3DOF Oculus Go, early subsequent 12 months for $199, whereas plans for the extra bold, 6DOF-tracked Santa Cruz will hopefully be shared in 2018.

This story initially appeared on Copyright 2017

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