HTC Vive Introduce New Vive Wave Open Platform

Joanna Estrada
November 14, 2017

HTC announced a stand-alone VR (virtual reality) headset and new VR development platform at the Vive Developer Conference in China. Over the summer, HTC announced that it would release a Snapdragon 835-powered VR HMD for China that would mirror the specifications of the standalone Daydream headset HTC is building for the global market. "Now you can essentially do most of the things that you could do on a high-end machine on a standalone".

HTC suggests that multiple computing platforms are supported by Wave, but clearly states that this VR platform is optimised for the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform. It also comes with a head strap like the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, and a 3 degrees-of-freedom controller along with the Vive Focus headset. The Vive Wave platform purports to solve two industry problems: It gives software developers a larger potential customer base with no extra effort; and it frees hardware designers to focus on hardware innovation, rather than perfecting a software distribution system. The company said that it handed out 500 priority vouchers to developers who were present at VDC 2017.

The VR headset is also optimized by Vive Wave VR open platform where developers can add VR-ready content. So when developers port their VR content to Vive Wave, they can choose to adopt 3DoF hand input or keep 6DoF by using additional accessories. Alongside that reveal was the news that it would be supported by a new open platform called Vive Wave.

Earlier this year, HTC was forced to drop the price of their Vive VR system from $799 to $599 after Oculus dramatically sliced the price of its similarly capable VR system from $798 to $399.

Unfortunately, HTC is still keeping details under wraps for now, and so specifics aren't yet clear.

HTC didn't reveal many new details about the device, but the company confirmed that it would feature a low-latency, high-resolution AMOLED screen. According to Graylin, this can be applied to a classroom where the teacher is doing a demonstration, while the students are all equipped with a Focus each and can see each other in the same virtual space. It doesn't appear HTC has mentioned any pricing at this time, though the company does say that more than 100 developers are now working on content for Focus. We'll update y'all as soon as we find out, and stay tuned for our upcoming hands-on later.

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