HTC Announces Vive Wave Open Mobile VR Platform, Vive Focus HMD

HTC Announces Vive Wave Open Mobile VR Platform, Vive Focus HMD

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. However, HTC said that they only have plans to release the headset in China and even with that there is still no details on the pricing or release date. One such example is a VR game called Spark of Light which, according to its developer, only took three hours to port the original Vive version to Vive Wave. The company hopes that Vive Wave will "bring together the highly fragmented mobile VR market" by make device optimisation and content creation easier for third-party developers. HTC said that the no-hassle publishing system would support Viveport for PC VR and mobile VR content. Unlike some other standalone VR headsets, you don't need your phone. Choice is great, of course, but when each device has its own content platform, it's hard for developers to support all systems, paving the way for one platform to dominate. Meanwhile, on the other side of the pond, Facebook has already announced its very own Oculus Go standalone VR headset, which will be available for $199 early next year but offers just 3DoF. It doesn't appear HTC has mentioned any pricing at this time, though the company does say that more than 100 developers are now working on content for Focus. "As the VR industry leader in China, it is our duty to help reduce market fragmentation and provide content developers with more ways to make money".

Beyond the Vive headset, Google had announced that they were also working with Lenovo on a wireless Daydream headset.

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HTC didn't reveal many new details about the device, but the company confirmed that it would feature a low-latency, high-resolution AMOLED screen. The headset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform and supports inside-out tracking to enable 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) tracking in real time and without additional trackers. HTC is also accepting applications for Vive Wave developer kits through the Chinese Vive developer hub.

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