This marks the first major player in the virtual reality space to officially reveal a standalone product intended for the broad consumer market that requires a more affordable, portable VR solution. If that wasn't enough, Standalone Vive VR headset will not require users to tether their phones to it, either: which means, ideally, it should be the closest that it can get to a standalone VR headset for now.
The headset looks exactly the same as a standalone version announced by HTC during the Google I/O developer conference in May for us audiences. That might be the biggest reason why HTC just announced its Vive Standalone VR headset.
"China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well", said Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC.
HTC announced the Vive Standalone at ChinaJoy 2017 earlier today and will be the first Vive headset to be completely free of any external PC or mobile device in order to use it. Previously, HTC launched a VR headset only for Japan, and it was compatible with the HTC U11 smartphone. The only reason they needed to create this headset for China is due to the fact that Google Daydream content is not permitted in China, so those customers need a different platform to access VR content.
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While this headset is part of the Vive family, there will nearly certainly be marked differences from the now on the market. While the platform from HTC will be exclusive to China, it's likely the hardware will be similar to the reference design with Daydream. Believe me. It's not something you'll have to worry about with HTC's standalone Vive headset on your bonce, though.
Here at TR, we love the HTC Vive and what it offers.
According to a TechCrunch report, the new headset will utilize Snapdragon VR tracking tech and will rely on the Viveport content platform to deliver content to audiences. Since then, an increasing number of companies are working towards making their devices compatible with Virtual Reality or VR.
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