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.
"Six degrees of freedom tracking is a standard feature on high-end PC and console headsets, and, with its support, instantly elevates Focus above cheaper smartphone VR headset solutions", said games analyst Piers Harding-Rolls, from IHS Markit. As such, the company has canceled its partnership with Google Inc.to develop a Daydream-branded HTC standalone headset, which would have come to the US market, Google VR chief Clay Bavor confirmed in a tweet late Monday.
One could argue that HTC should really be covering both sides of the playing field, and after all, the Daydream version of the Vive Focus would have likely been nearly identical to this China version, so it only would've needed a tiny bit more technical resource. That name was expected to be used for the standalone Daydream headset promised at Google I/O a few months back.
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In addition to providing 6DoF, the Vive Focus is not tethered to a computer, as a result, wearers will have increased mobility with the headset on. Unfortunately, there isn't much else known about the headset right now.
Alongside this announcement, HTC also unleashed its new VR development platform, which will be utilised by the Focus. But HTC says the Vive Focus will be different.
So when developers port their Vive content to Vive Wave, they can choose to adopt 3DoF hand input or keep 6DoF by using additional accessories.
Headsets from Facebook, Google and Samsung were not officially available in China, he said, which could leave a vacuum for HTC to occupy. But on the other hand, building an ecosystem is far more complicated than building hardware, which is why HTC has taken the safer approach to focus on building up Vive Wave, and exclusively for China.