Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Shadow VR - the headset taking on Oculus

HTC VIVE Focus standalone enterprise VR headset arrives in Western markets HTC’s standalone VR is available in the US, starts at $599
Cecil Davis | 12 November, 2018, 22:07

Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC Corp., which has sought to penetrate the global virtual reality market with its Vive headset, said Friday it has launched the business version of its wireless Vive Focus model for sale in several markets. The enterprise edition is now coming to the Western markets.

Vive Sync lets coworkers hold meetings in VR.

This new headset could be a prototype that Valve is making as a footprint for what it wants VR headset manufacturers to make, but it is the last bit of this news from UploadVR's sources that said: "this is in fact a Valve HMD".

HTC's standalone Vive Focus VR headset is finally available in Europe and North America. This is claimed to be the first 6DoF standalone VR headset to be available commercially.

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The future of VR is wireless and standalone - that much has been made clear by the launch of the Oculus Go, HTC Vive Focus and the upcoming Oculus Quest. The headset is now priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 43,600) in the US.

The latest business version of the Vive Focus will be used in conjunction with the Vive Enterprise Advantage, an enterprise-grade platform, which gives business clients the flexibility and control they need to manage their software deployments and updates. Its features include dual 3K AMOLED panels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR platform, and interactive tracking.

A total of 15 hardware partners have already announced support for Vive Wave and are readying up Wave integration into their products. There is a catch, however, in that these headsets are geared more towards enterprise customers.