HTC Reveals New Standalone VR Headset HTC Vive Focus

The HTC Vive Focus allows consumers to enjoy an immersive virtual reality experience without the limitations of wires, use of a phone, or a VR-ready PC.

on November 14, 2017 12:01 PM

Today, during this year’s Vive developer conference in China, HTC has unveiled their next VR headset: the HTC Vive Focus.

According to the press release, much like its predecessor, the HTC Vive Focus is a new VR device which enables people the freedom to enjoy virtual reality content anywhere. However, unlike the HTC Vive as well as other standalone VR headsets, you don’t need a phone nor a PC-ready rig to operate the headset.

Instead, the headset is powered by a program called the Vive Wave, which appears to serve as an operating system and content platform for developers to create games for the headset. HTC also confirmed that over 100 developers are already working on content for the HTC Vive Focus.

While this headset can be used for recreational purposes, one particular point made by the company was their goal to turn the HTC Vive Focus into a VR headset utilized primarily for educational purposes. Numerous companies, including Microsoft, have shown interest in providing VR educational content and the company is hoping that the HTC Vive Focus will be a frontrunner in this area of VR, which is currently under a death grip by cheap, smartphone-required VR headsets like the Knox V2 and Google Cardboard.

Currently, the HTC Vive Focus does not have a release date. However, developers interested in providing content for the device can apply for a dev kit.

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Taylor Lyles is a staff writer at DualShockers. She specializes in providing news about the most recent hardware, Virtual Reality, spiritual successors, as well as weekly deals across all platforms. Born and raised in Maryland, Taylor is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Legal Studies from Stevenson University. In her free time, she enjoys playing lacrosse, going fishing, studying Fallout lore, and may or may not have an unhealthy obsession with the Dead Rising series.