HTC unveils a standalone VR headset called Vive Focus

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Allow us to explain everything there is to know about HTC's new headset, including where it's available, when you can buy it and what it can do.

At HTC's Vive Developer Conference, the company finally got to show off its upcoming standalone headset to the Beijing crowd - the Vive Focus. Now HTC has cut the cord with Google and the USA market.

What's more, the HTC Vive Focus is equipped with inbuilt water-repellent padding and instant-on support. It's a standalone headset and has inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom tracking, which means it doesn't need to be connected to a gaming PC or use external sensors to work. It is basically Google's Daydream platform, but for the Chinese market. They did not even release other specs about the headset like screen resolution or other features that will make it standout in the VR market. It's unclear why HTC abandoned the Daydream partnership, especially when you consider that the company already finalized the headset design.

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"This really can be seen as a new step to maturity of the VR market".

There is no word on the exact release date or pricing of the device yet, but Lenovo is expected to share further details before the end of the year. The new headset also features a single hand-held motion controller rather than the regular Vive's pair of "ladles". It is an open interface that is created to allow interoperability between numerous mobile headsets and accessories.

The internal hardware is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor using Qualcomm's VR platform, making it quicker than key rival Oculus Go, which runs a Snapdragon 821.

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Developed for standalone headsets like the HTC Focus, Google WorldSense is essentially Google's way to track the world around you and apply the movement to the digital world. This, Pao said, is where HTC's Vive Wave can patch things up.

HTC also announced 12 hardware partners - namely 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, EmdoorVR, Idealens, iQIYI, Juhaokan, Nubia, Pico, Pimax, Quanta and Thundercomm - who have signed on to support the implementation of the Vive Wave SDK and platform.

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