HTC has officially unveiled the new HTC Vive Focus VR headset which is specifically designed for the masses and has cancelled their plans to launch a Daydream based device for the Western audience.
Instead of focusing on customers in the US, UK or Europe, HTC has taken a huge U-turn and launched the Vive Focus primarily for the Asian market. The new device looks more compact, easy to use and is expected to be much more affordable so as to get a large quantity of customers into the world of virtual reality.
So far, the technology has been an expensive affair as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PS VR headset all costed a fortune for the average consumer, especially those who live in Asia. The newest device aims to fix every other issue and make it a real VR experience that you could go for without having to think twice.
Under the compact, curvaceous body, the new HTC VIVE Focus VR is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It is known as the specifications were earlier rumoured and the official launch just confirmed the same.It will use positional tracking to find the location of the user’s head and offers six degrees of freedom headset.
The controller bundled with the headset is capable of offering three degrees of freedom and has a trackpad on top of it to control your movement within the VR world. The overall shape of the Vive Focus is a bit confusing because it looks like the PS VR but also seems to have taken design cues from earlier edition of the Vive Deluxe audio strap.
Instead of focusing too much on the shape or the design of the device, the manufacturers seem to have delivered the right kind of specification and made a VR headset which would work seamlessly out of the box without making a fuss or requesting too much of hardware to get it up and running.
A disappointing aspect of the press meet was that HTC representative didn’t talk in-depth about the specifications of the device and the type of things it could do. They kept the entire event very short and the product was launched only for China at the moment. The team didn’t confirm the pricing of the device or when it will be available for the rest of the Asian countries. However, they did confirm that the Daydream based device for U.S. buyers and other Western regions is not getting launched as HTC has decided to drop the plan for now.
Based on what Oculus did in the past with their affordable Oculus Go virtual reality headset, it is safe to guess that the newly announced HTC Vive Focus VR will be priced somewhere close to the $200-$250 mark so that VR is made more affordable and readily accessible for majority of the buyers who are interested in it but are intimidated by the price tag associated with it.
A fascinating promo video was released by HTC to keep people interested in their product but at least they should have revealed the full specifications and the pricing of the product. Sadly, the company didn’t discuss a possible launch date whereas their closest competitor, the Oculus Go headset is expected to be hit retail stores in the first half of 2018 which seems much more especially with HTC not making any commitment at this point.
An official announcement from HTC on the newly revealed Vive Focus VR headset is expected to be out in the following months after which it will be easier to find if it lives up to the expectation.
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