HTC unveils Vive Focus, Vive Wave VR in Beijing

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At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China. The company instead introduced a separate device for the Chinese market that will be powered by a newly-announced mobile VR platform called Wave.

What most want, however, isn't just wireless untethered VR, but standalone VR, allowing you to enter a virtual world from anywhere without being stuck down by cables. Key specs include Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip, the likes of which can be found in the Pixel 2 and Samsung Galaxy S8 phones, a high-resolution AMOLED display, and a sensors that provide tracking for the user and their position in a virtual world. HTC has delivered pre-production units for developers and if you are interested in getting a developers kit then you could request for one. To play with the good VR right now, you need a very big computer and one of the dedicated virtual reality headsets, like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.

"We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream", the spokesperson told TechCrunch, which Google's Clay Bavor also confirmed in a tweet, saying they remain "great partners".

He said HTC's the decision to release the Focus in only China made sense.

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Back at Google I/O, the company announced partnerships with HTC and Lenovo to debut a new collection of Daydream-powered headsets that would run independently of a smartphone.

With the older Vive, users had to mount two base stations approximately 6ft in the air at either end of where they wanted to use the Vive, severely restricting its ease of use. "What's more, with the new Vive Focus, we are excited to bring high-quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor". There is also a single handheld controller for interacting with games and menus. It is basically Google's Daydream platform, but for the Chinese market.

"We're delighted that the Vive Wave VR open platform is receiving such strong industry support from both hardware partners and developers", said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC.

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