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14 November 2017, 11:06 | Jodi Jackson
HTC Vive Focus stand-alone VR headset announced alongside Vive Wave development platform
Alongside that reveal was the news that it would be supported by a new open platform called Vive Wave.
The VR headset is also optimized by Vive Wave VR open platform where developers can add VR-ready content.
HTC also said that it formed a partnership with Unity to integrate Viveport and the Vive Wave SDK into Unity to offer one-click publishing to the Viveport distribution platform. According to Graylin, China's standalone VR market's revenue share grew from 5 percent to a whopping 24 percent in Q3 alone, while mobile VR still has 50 percent revenue share in the same region, so he believes that developers around the world will want to take advantage of Vive Wave to tackle both markets. Scattering VR content across a great number of digital storefronts and apps increases friction and means consumers are split amongst multiple hardware vendors, making content harder to access for many.
Beyond the Vive headset, Google had announced that they were also working with Lenovo on a wireless Daydream headset. Other confirmed and reconfirmed specs include a Snapdragon 835 processor, "high-resolution" AMOLED screen delivering "the best possible VR experience with low latency and unmatched clarity", and the use of the Vive Wave VR open platform on the software side of things. HTC boasts that its model is the first of its kind to feature an inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking tech otherwise known as 6DoF.
The platform is created to simplify development and enable support for multiple, cross-platform VR devices. HTC said that the no-hassle publishing system would support Viveport for PC VR and mobile VR content. The VR headset is exclusive for the Chinese market only but its availability and pricing details haven't been announced. While Oculus executives have outright noted that they are not particularly interested in making money off of hardware sales, there aren't many other options for HTC which has done a poor job of becoming a platform company in the USA despite being first-to-market. The focus appears to be exclusively on China with this release as well. We'll have an update as soon as we hear back from HTC, and stay tuned for our upcoming hands-on later. He managed to destroy a few more desktops and phones until he was sent to England for school.
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