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HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with 'world-scale' tracking

HTC Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset with 'world-scale' tracking
From Engadget - November 13, 2017

"In the past, standalones have always kind of represented a mediocre balance, where you do not have much content and you can only do rotational, and it's not that much different than Cardboard except now you have one individual machine," HTC Vive's China President Alvin Wang Graylin told Engadget. "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone."

"Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone."

We already knew that the Focus packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with instant on support, and now we are told that it also features a "high-resolution" AMOLED screen plus a rotational head strap that's similar to the Vive's Deluxe Audio Strap. Perhaps the only surprising bit of info is that the Focus comes with a 3DoF controller, though I was assured that it will still give "a very good experience" when paired with the 6DoF headset.

But that's not to say that developers ca not add 6DoF hand input to the Focus. Also announced today is the Vive Wave VR open platform, which is basically Daydream for China with 12 hardware partners already signed up, including Quanta, Pimax, Nubia, iQIYI and more. With the Vive Wave SDK, vendors can integrate accessories -- be it a Leap Motion, gloves or even outside-in solutions for 6DoF input (and potentially eye-tracking solutions to ease up rendering resources).

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