The Vive Focus, the first product launched by HTC after its release from the mobile activity, is a response to the Occulus Go of Facebook.
A new model has just enriched the virtual reality sector. On November 13th, the Taiwanese HTC unveiled its Vive Focus, its second virtual reality helmet after the HTC Vive, launched in 2015. What makes it special? No cables, PCs or smartphones are required to operate.
The Vive Focus will only be available for the Chinese market,” warns the Taiwanese company. This product still represents a response to Facebook’s proprietary Occulus, which launched its first wireless virtual reality helmet, the Oculus Go, last October.
A first launch after the acquisition by Google
This launch is also the first after Google’s acquisition of HTC’s mobile division by Google last September. The struggling business was purchased for only $1.1 billion. Virtual reality is now HTC’s core business, and HTC has high hopes for a recovery.
In fact, in detail, the Vive Focus features a Snapdragon 835 processor, Qualcomm’s best-in-class processor, AMOLED screen and low latency display. As Numerama points out, the company claims to be the first in the world to offer an all-in-one helmet with a 6-degree tracking inside-out. In short, to have the feeling that the movements are relayed in the virtual world smoothly and precisely.
The second generation of headsets
More interestingly, the Vive Focus and the Occulus Go form the new generation of virtual reality helmets. Cheaper (around 200 euros), wireless and not requiring high-powered computers and sensors in the room, these VR headsets hope to be the real launchers of virtual reality.
In fact, despite the manufacturers’ announcements and relatively high media coverage on the subject, virtual reality is still in its infancy. In 2016, only 9.2 million helmets sold worldwide, according to IDC. Analysts expect almost 6 times more by 2021.