HTC’s new standalone headset to be known as VIVE Focus

Sept. 16, 2017, 3:41 p.m. By: Pranjal Kumar

HTC standalone headset

Google revealed that HTC and Lenovo are working on the standalone head-mounted displays which will use Daydream platform, at this year’s Google I/O conference. But, now according to some reports, the new HTC VIVE standalone headset will be known as VIVE Focus.

HTC recently applied a trademark application at both United States Patent and European Union Intellectual Property Office for the name. The patent was filed by Grünecker Patent in Europe which is the same company that handled the HTC VIVE patent back in 2015. While in the US, HTC has taken care of the patent itself.

HTC has planned to release the new headset by the end of this year. All new standalone headset will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset. According to some rumors, the headset will have a 3 degree of freedom controller, similar to that of Google Daydream headset but with the much-improved tracking system.

Clay Bavor (vice president of VR at Google) said that both the headset (HTC and Lenovo) will feature WorldSense for positional tracking right out of the box without any external equipment. The new HTC headset is yet to receive an official price although it’s expected to sit between the entry-level mobile HMDs like Daydream and high-end PC version VR headset.

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