HTC Vive Focus Plus launching in Q2 with two 6DoF controllers

Joanna Estrada
February 22, 2019

HTC Vive's standalone headset the Vive Focus has yet to see a release on western shores for the average consumer, only available for the business market. As you might have already guessed from the name, this isn't so much a successor headset as it is a beefed up VIVE Focus.

The Vive Focus Plus comes with the same focus on HTC's enterprise customer base, but adds in upgrades like new controllers with 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) capability built in, a more comfortable design, and a handful of hardware improvements.

In a blog post, HTC stated the two controllers will each come with a pressure sensitive analog trigger, which should allow for better control and interaction with virtual objects.

HTC still isn't aiming the new standalone device at consumers, exclusively focusing on the enterprise market with this redesign. It'll ship with professional features like Kiosk Mode, Gaze Support and device management tools that allow companies to remotely enroll, monitor and manage multiple headsets at once.

The headset itself isn't all that different from the original although HTC said it does now rest easier on the head, enhancing comfort during extended sessions of use. Instead, it'll rely on a Snapdragon 835 to do the heavy lifting.

"With HTC's Vive Focus Plus providing a high-end processor and 3K AMOLED display, we are able to create realistic and immersive 3D environments for our medical and nursing simulators, providing better training outcomes for HCPs [healthcare providers] without wires or connected computers".

The VIVE Focus Plus will be launching at some point in Q2 2019. However, we've also seen a conflicting article from Road to VR that speculates HTC will stick to the same Fresnel lenses as found on the original Vive Focus. We'll keep an eye out for more information on the Focus Plus, so stay tuned for that.

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