HTC announces Vive Standalone VR headset for Chinese market

Jul 28, 2017, 00:16
HTC announces Vive Standalone VR headset for Chinese market

We've seen many experimental headsets moving away from the PC or the smartphone, but The Vive Standalone is the first commercial product of this type from a big company that's been formally announced.

HTC Vive's standalone VR headsets give gamers access to virtual reality Vive titles, with no need for expensive PCs tethered to the helmet.

Graylin added that the partnership with Qualcomm would provide HTC the means to "deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system" and make VR widely accessible to audiences in China.

Taiwanese VR giant HTC has debuted a standalone spin-off to the HTC Vive virtual reality headset at ChinaJoy 2017.

The translation from the Chinese landing page names the headset the "Vive One", and states that it will be built upon the Viveport foundation, possibly negating the ability to connect to Steam altogether, as there isn't a mention of the platform anywhere on the Vive One page. First, they are disconnected from a PC and don't require attachment to a desktop for processing or display output.

China is getting its very own stand-alone VR headset thanks to HTC and Qualcomm.

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While it's clear that it's marketed only at the Chinese market and won't be coming to the United Kingdom anytime soon, it signals that progress is being made in that department.

HTC, the Taiwanese brand responsible for the mighty fine and mighty expensive Vive, is working on a new stand-alone VR headset which is said to be based on Qualcomm's all-in-one reference design. The new HTC Vive standalone experience will be cheaper and allow a user to roam without cables.

HTC said that content for the upcoming headset would be available through the Viveport distribution system.

HTC didn't disclose how much the Vive Standalone will cost, although that should not concern you much, seeing as how the company will mainly market it in China.

The China stand-alone VR headset will more than likely features Qualcomm's hardware infrastructure, but will not have anything to do with Google and its WorldSense technology.

China has explosive growth in both the mobile and VR markets, so HTC wants to capitalise on that.

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