HTC's stand alone VR headset to be named Vive Focus?

HTC's stand alone VR headset to be named Vive Focus?
Back in July, HTC introduced a new standalone version of its Vive VR headset at the ChinaJoy trade show. The headset doesn't need to be connected to a computer, and is powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset that you will find powering today's high-end Android smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. Originally named the Vive Standalone, that might be too much of a mouthful to spit out when you're ordering the device.

A couple of new trademark applications that HTC has filed might have outed the real name that the manufacturer plans on using for the VR headset. Last week, HTC requested from the USPTO and the European Union Intellectual Property Office the rights to use the name Vive Focus. With no other Vive related product on the drawing board at HTC, it would appear that this will be the moniker of the standalone version of the Vive.

According to a report published on Friday, at the same October 4th event being held by Google to introduce the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, we will hear more about the Vive Focus, which will sport the Google Daydream VR platform in the U.S. This platform will not be seen on models being sold in China. The new stand alone headset is built around a reference design created by Google and Qualcomm.

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source: nl.letsgodigita (translated) via SlashGear



6. jacky899

Posts: 434; Member since: May 16, 2017

What's the purpose of this? You can just get a Daydream or GearVR for much cheaper if you already have a smartphone. If you don't have a compatible smartphone, it's a wiser choice to just get a compatible smartphone than to get this stand alone headset.

8. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

The advantages would be a potentially lighter headset as it's all pre-built. I.e., no metal and glass shell around the phone part. No thick expensive gorilla glass covered touch screen on the display. You're also more likely to get a sharper image as it's all pre-fitted.

4. D.Aceveda

Posts: 454; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Why do all Alan F's articles end in a question mark

5. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

Because it's still rumor and the writer also aren't sure about it.. He'll remove the question mark once Bankz confirmed that rumor, as always..

2. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Let's bring in AR Glasses.

10. TerryD

Posts: 566; Member since: May 09, 2017

its called Hololens and it'll cost you a kidney

1. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2289; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

VR is dead! Welcome to Betamax...AR is where it's at...Apple made sure if this...

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

How come it's dead if Sony, Samsung and Oculus profits millions from it?

7. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

Exactly. The Oculus store on my GS7 is crammed with games. I wouldn't call that dead. :D Also, Microsoft's Mixed Reality headsets launching next month will make VR affordable for anyone in the mid-range PC demographics.

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5826; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, lol at Apple fanboys hating on VR MR is VR+AR Mixed Reality is the true end game VR and AR are stopgaps until we get to MR

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Clearly you are showing the world that you don't know your head from your @$$. VR has its use cases and so does AR. VR is great for an immersive experience. Where as AR is great for bringing in the real world. For instance who the hell wants to play an AR driving game like need for speed. Oh, wait there isn't any AR version of that game because it wouldn't work. That holds true for a lot of games as well as some other applications. Like I said at the beginning VR has it's use cases, just like AR has it's use cases. Apple's AR is certainly is not killing off VR.

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