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HTC Vive Focus: the next-gen VR is mobile
by Seth L.

The Vive Focus is a true stand-alone mobile VR headset. It's completely untethered, saving you the hassle of connecting it to your phone, console or computer.

At a glance, the Vive Focus looks like a combination of a PlayStation VR headset and the HTC Vive. The headset comes in a toy-like bright blue finish but we hope to see other colors in the future. For now, all we know about the Vive Focus is that its powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, similar to the chipset found on the Google Pixel 2 and Note 8/8+ and it had a high-resolution AMOLED display. The Vive Focus offers "6-degrees-of freedom" (6DoF) tracking, so users will not need to set up sensors around the room when using this headset. The headset also comes with a small touch and 3-degrees-of-freedom motion tracking controller.

Straight out of the box, the Vive Focus comes with all the hardware it needs to power through VR apps and games, built into the headset itself. HTC also mentioned an interesting feature on the Vive Focus: the ability to link up with other HTC headset for social VR gaming sessions. Damn, now wouldn’t that be an awesome LAN party!

At the end of the day, we think it all boils down to the app support the HTC Vive Focus will get. With that said, the Vive Focus will be content driven by HTC’s very own Vive Wave SDK, allowing developers to easily and fully optimise their VR applications or content for the Vive Focus. Current and future VR downloadables can be found on HTC’s Viveport (www.viveport.com) website.

For now, the HTC Vive Focus is yet to hit the consumer market and there is only a developers’ kit link available on their website so do keep your eyes on LoopTalk for further updates.

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