Published: Mon, November 12, 2018
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HTC targeting businesses as Vive Focus headset launches worldwide

HTC targeting businesses as Vive Focus headset launches worldwide

It will sell for a recommended retail price of United States dollars 599/EUR 699, targeting initially the business market. In fact, an entire portfolio of enterprise-focused premium VR products have been launched by the Taiwanese electronics giant in western markets.

This headset will be available in 37 markets and will cost $600 in the U.S. (note that the regular Vive for PC is $500). Additionally, a new Shadow VR has also been launched.

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. As with other standalone VR headsets, Vive Focus doesn't require a PC, external sensors, or base station to function.

Notably, the Shadow VR is set to become the first standalone VR headset available to consumers - Oculus Quest is only set to release theirs in 6 months time. The headset is now priced at $599 (roughly Rs. 43,600) in the US.

While the Vive Focus only supports 3DoF controller, the company will soon launch the developer edition with 6DoF controller support. Its features include dual 3K AMOLED panels, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile VR platform, and interactive tracking. "We've also heard the field of view will be 135 degrees with the Vive Pro resolution and it should come bundled with Knuckles controllers as well as a Half-Life based VR game". There is a catch, however, in that these headsets are geared more towards enterprise customers.

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