HTC Announces Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Coming To North America

HTC Announces Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset Coming To North America

Nearly a year ago, HTC first revealed its Vive Focus, which is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC. A

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Nearly a year ago, HTC first revealed its Vive Focus, which is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC. At the time, the device was said to be limited to the Chinese market.

Today, however, HTC has announced that the Vive Focus will be available in 37 markets across North America and Europe. The headset will be available to developers priced at $600, while enterprise versions will be priced at $750.

That pricing puts the Vive Focus right smack dab in the middle of the original HTC Vive (priced at $499) and the Vive Pro (priced at $799).

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In addition to availability in the United States, HTC announced that Vive Enterprise Advantage professional services will also be offered. Advantage and Advantage+ offer tiered services that include commercial licensing, dedicated support lines, purchase protection and device management utilities (among other perks).

With regards to specifications, the Vice Focus makes use of a single 2800×1600 AMOLED display panel with a 75Hz refresh rate. It has a 110-degree field of view, and incorporates an integrated battery that provides runtimes of up to 3 hours; the standalone unit can be charged via a USB-C cable. There is also, of course, integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth along with an accompanying wireless controller that supports three degrees of motion.

The Vive Focus is similar in design to the Oculus Quest, which is also a standalone VR headset, however, the latter device is aimed more at the consumer market.

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