HTC’s standalone VR is available in the USA, starts at $599

Joanna Estrada
November 9, 2018

Almost a year ago, HTC first revealed its Vive Focus, which is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC.

The headset will be available starting today in two incarnations: a base package that will sell for $599 (around £460, AU$825), and a Vive Focus with Advantage (HTC's version of Apple Care) for $749 (around £570, AU$1,000). Because it's a standalone headset, it doesn't need to be tethered to a PC like other HTC Vive headsets. It has a resolution of 1,440 x 1,600 per eye, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and developers will be able to experiment with its 6DoF controller add-on shortly.

Specs for the Vive Focus. 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 United States and Europe.

It's part of a larger attempt to make HTC VR headsets appealing to companies, including a newly announced collaboration app called Vive Sync, which lets employees in different offices meet and work together in VR.

On Thursday, HTC Vive announced its new push toward bringing VR to the enterprise level.

Although VR headsets have recently been marketed towards gaming, HTC has recognised that VR has is very relevant to businesses in particular automotive design, medical training, situational training, and location-based enterprises.

Sync will integrate with Outlook and multi-device capability that will support any device that uses HTC's Vive Wave standalone platform, a universal storefront and development studio for standalone headsets.

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