At the moment, the device, which was initially teased at Google I/O 2017 in May, will be available exclusively in China.
In Q2, HTC came in fifth place in the worldwide AR and VR headset market with 94.5K units shipped and a 4.4% market share, according to IDC. Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive put it this way: "with the new VIVE Focus, we are excited to bring high quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor".
HTC's standalone headsets weren't much of a secret really.
HTC says the Vive Focus uses an "inside-out" 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) tracking system - unlike the regular HTC Vive it doesn't need the hardware positional sensors set up inside a room. This preempted the release of a standalone Daydream VR headset, forcing HTC to cut its losses and focus on the market where it has an advantage.
HTC and Google have confirmed that the planned headset that the two companies were making based on HTC's WorldSense technology has been cancelled. It will run on a proprietary platform named Vive Wave with content from Viveport. "We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream", an HTC spokesperson told TechCrunch. HTC also confirmed that over 100 developers are already working on content for the HTC Vive Focus.
HTC yesterday launched its standalone VR headset called the Vive Focus. HTC is hoping that with Vive Wave standardizing hardware and development for Vive products, it will allow for easier porting of VR content and apps between different devices and thus less tension for developers.
The HTC Vive Focus is the first device to be part of HTC's new Vive Wave platform. The first announcement was mainly of interest to developers, Vive Wave, an open platform and toolset optimised for VR development for high performance mobile devices was launched.