HTC will begin selling its stand-alone handsets virtual reality Live Focus in the world today, after initial sales in China early this year. The handset, which costs $ 599 in the US, is intended for business users in 37 countries. This is part of a larger attempt to attract HTC VR headphones to businesses, including the newly announced collaboration application called Vive Sync, which enables employees in different offices to get to know and work together in VR.
Vive Focus is a standalone mobile handset that tracks the camera users facing the outside – similar to the upcoming Oculus Quest 399 dollar handset. HTC canceled it after canceling a similar headset based on Google's Daydream VR platform, and it was not clear whether Vive Focus would run outside of China. However, this spring, HTC confirmed an international release, creating a development kit available to US customers.
We were impressed with Vive Focus's tracking quality, and since launch, HTC has developed fully-controlled startup drivers to complement its original point-of-sight labeling device. But do not expect direct competition from Oculus Quest. HTC does not serve as a consumer device – it is more likely to appear in training simulators, industrial design facilities, or arcades. Customers can add one of the two Advantage premium services and package repairs, bringing the price up to $ 749 or $ 799.
Vive Focus will sit next to HTC's older 499 Vive and $ 799 Vive Pro headset, which are connected to the computer. HTC redirects Vive Focus as a handset for "companies that really want a mobile VR experience". Unlike the original Viva, it does not require any external sensor boxes and has the same high-end resolution of 2880 x 1600 as Vive Pro; powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile chipset and has a battery life of up to three hours.
HTC has highlighted another upcoming all-in-one handset of Chinese company Shadow Creator, which uses HTC Vive Wave mobile VR launchpad called Shadow VR. It will be launched on November 11 in the world and has a similar feature set to Vive Focus, although with a slightly lower resolution screen.
For a while, HTC has set its sights on business users, but it points out this goal more than ever with Viva Focus. This is in contrast to the competition Oculus and Sony, who portrays their VR headphones as amusing devices on the olive market – although Oculus also provides headphones to companies such as Walmart for training and other purposes. HTC is probably the safest move here, since companies have been using VR systems for decades, while a niche has just been built in the consumer market. But for anyone who wants to buy an HTC-designed VR headset for personal games or VR movies, that's a bit of a disappointment.