HTC reveals standalone Vive Focus VR headset geared toward business

Donna Miller
November 9, 2018

Nearly a year after it was launched in China, the HTC Vive Focus VR Headset is being released worldwide to 37 markets with a new focus on business interests touting itself as an "all-in-one solution for enterprise".

HTC also brought its 6DOF (degree-of-freedom) Dev Controller Kits to the event, and says that they will be available in the coming year.

That pricing puts the Vive Focus right smack dab in the middle of the original HTC Vive (priced at $499) and the Vive Pro (priced at $799). Unlike Oculus, however, the Vive Focus won't set its sights exclusively on the games space and will instead include industrial and educational applications to teach employees on the job in a virtual environment. In an interview with Engadget, General Manager of the Americans Dan O'Brien said he saw great traction in various business VR applications in the U.S. and Europe. "And, that's great for VR". It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, offers a resolution of 1440 x 1600 per eye and the battery lasts up to three hours.

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Today, however, HTC has announced that the Vive Focus will be available in 37 markets across North America and Europe. This allows VR developers to create content for their business or customers and release across different headsets.

Announced alongside is a collaboration tool called Vive Sync, which essentially enables conference calls in VR. It will support up to 20 users at once in a virtual space and allow them to collaborate on a project.

Vive Sync lets coworkers hold meetings in VR.

However, it uses HTC's Vive's proprietary Android-based platform Vive Wave rather than Google Daydream.

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