Last month, HTC announced its first standalone ‘Vive Focus‘ VR headset that features some top-of-the-line specs like 6DoF inside-out positional tracking. The Taiwanese tech giant has made it clear that the Vive Focus is intended to be launched only in the Chinese market. This came as a bit of shocker as HTC announced that it is distancing itself from its earlier plans to launch a standalone VR headset based on Google’s Daydream platform.
While announcing the Vive Focus last month, HTC unveiled a few details of the standalone VR headset. One such detail was that the Vive Focus will host an AMOLED display, feature 6DoF positional tracking, and will have specs based on Qualcomm’s reference design. Moreover, HTC also clarified that the company will be using its own ‘World Scale’ positional tracking solution and not Google’s ‘WorldSense’ tracking as reported earlier. The World Scale positional tracking will work in tandem with a 3DoF Bluetooth Controller that comes bundled with the Vive Focus.
HTC also revealed that the ViVe Focus will be running the company’s open source Vive Wave platform that offers developers a unified interface and set of tools for developing content for the Vive Focus. Now, a month later, the company has unveiled some more information in terms of the technical details and specs of the Vive Focus.
Technical specs of the HTC Vive Focus VR Headset
- Display: 3K AMOLED, resolution 2880 x 1600
- FOV: 110 degrees
- Refresh rate: 75 Hz
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 835
- Tracking technology & sensors: World-Scale tracking (inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom),9-axis sensors, proximity sensor
- Adjustable IPD: Supported
- Audio input/output: Built-in microphones, built-in speakers, 3.5mm stereo audio jack
- Wireless: Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, support to transmit contents to Miracast™ compatible devices
- For data and device charging: USB Type-C
- Power and battery: Built-in rechargeable battery, QC3.0 fast charging, up to 3 hours* of active use time, over one week* standby time
Specs of Vive Focus Controller
- Sensors: 9-axis sensors
- Buttons: Touchpad, app button, home button, volume +/- button, trigger
- Power and battery: Two AAA batteries, up to 30 hours* of active use time
In addition to this, reports are that HTC will be rolling out this Vive Focus VR Headset in two different color versions of Electric Blue and Almond White. Technically, both the versions will be completely the same but the price can vary as the Electric Blue variant is expected to be priced at ¥4,299 (~$650) while the Almond White variant will be available for ¥3,999 ($600).
The pre-orders already started on December 12th and will continue for a month-long period till January 12th. HTC said that it will be shipping the first batch of the Vive Focus in January 2018.