HTC has joined hands with Unity to deliver a one-click solution for publishing on Viveport, targeted at Vive Focus content but also including PC-based head-mounted displays. The new feature will be known as Vive Focus and represents HTC’s first step into the standalone HMD market.
The Vive Focus does not require tethering to PC or any external cameras or even a mounting a smartphone handset within the unit. Vive Focus has all the hardware required for a virtual reality (VR) experience within the HMD itself. Vive port is designed to be lightweight and portable. It features an AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It also features inside-out tracking with six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) head-tracking and a 3DoF controller.
The partnership with Unity will allow developers to create content which takes advantage of the Vive Focus platform an easier path to distribution. Unity will integrate Viveport into its content platform and also integrate Vive’s in-app payment and VR advertisement functions into its development system. According to HTC, their first focus will be Chinese market.
Unity will also provide an ‘intuitive’ way for developers to utilize the newly announced Vive Wave VR SDK. Vive Wave is the platform designed to unify the various mobile HMDs currently available as soon to launch in China.
Vive Wave key features
HTC has not announced the release date and price for the Vive Focus HMD in China. One of the news that might disappoint Vive users is that Google has announced that the upcoming standalone headset will not support Google Daydream platform.
HTC Vive Focus Headset Announcement
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