HTC Corp. is bringing its Vive Focus standalone virtual reality headset to Europe and North America after having launched the device exclusively in China last year.
The first significant standalone VR headset from HTC, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 835 mobile processor accompanied with dual 1440 by 800-pixel screens delivering a 3K AMOLED experience with a 110-degree field of view.
While promising, the headset does have a particular limitation, shipping with a three-degrees-of-freedom controller although HTC says that a six-degrees-of-freedom controller will be available in the coming months. Both refer to the freedom of movement of a rigid body in three-dimensional space, with the higher number, the better experience for a user.
In a surprising twist, the headset is being pitched exclusively to enterprise users, with HTC calling it “an innovative standalone headset… ideal for businesses that want a truly mobile VR experience.”
To complement its enterprise push, HTC also announced a new software development kit for the Vive Wave VR platform, the open platform and toolset that enables VR content development and high-performance device optimization for third-party partners.
The SDK is said to enable interoperability between numerous mobile VR headsets and accessories, allowing content developers to “more efficiently develop, port and publish content while offering a much broader reach of potential customers across multiple VR headsets.”
“Vive Wave is a clear step forward in bringing together the highly fragmented mobile VR market and enables developers to create content for a common platform and storefront across multiple hardware vendors,” HTC said in a blog post.
Last but not least, HTC also announced VIVE Sync, a new virtual reality collaboration and meeting application specifically tailored for enterprises. The service is described as an intuitive collaboration tool that allows internal teams to meet in a virtual shared space.
The emphasis on enterprise users comes complete with a price to match. While rival Oculus is set to launch its standalone Quest headset in the spring of 2019 at $399, the HTC Vive Focus starts at $599 for the developer edition while enterprises will have to hand over $750 for the privilege of owning one.
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