announcement by HTC during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The headset has built-in 6 DoF (six degrees of freedom) tracking that allows movement in a room without added external sensors. It runs software compatible with HTC's Viveport VR apps and games, not Steam, using a software toolkit called Vive Wave., a mobile standalone VR headset first launched last year in China, is now going worldwide by year's end, according to an
This will be the third standalone VR headset we'll see this year. Oculus Rift, is expected to . And Lenovo's Google-partnered headset is coming too, running Google's ecosystem., a $199 phone-free device from the makers of the
The Vive Focus has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor inside to handle the heavy lifting. But greater things could be coming down the road: Qualcomm's higher-end Snapdragon 845 processor is already in awith built-in eye tracking that also includes a Vive Wave SDK for making apps. A follow-up, higher-end Vive mobile device down the road could be likely.
HTC previously suggested to CNET that the Vive VR strategy in the US would be PC-only, but that appears to be changing.