Thursday, 27 July 2017

HTC announces a standalone Vive VR headset for China


HTC at ChinaJoy entertainment expo introduced a new VR headset called Vive Standalone for the China market. Unlike Vive VR headset, that needs to be connected to a PC to work, the new Vive Standalone works on its own, without the need of any wires or phone, as all the processing power and display is built into the headset for an untethered VR experience.

The Vive Standalone is said to be a premium VR headset powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform, and promises outstanding standalone VR experience. HTC says it will be easy to use, light-weight and portable.

HTC is already working on Google Daydream platform based VR headset complete with Daydream ready Google Play Store built-in to download VR contents and apps. However, HTC's  standalone VR headset for China will not have PlayStore, instead will utilize HTC's Viveport platform to offer VR contents and apps including games, education, tourism and more. 

Based on the new teaser, the Vive Standalone headset releasing in China, is most likely to have the same design as HTC's Daydream-ready standalone VR headset, which is expected to launch in the US later this year.

Unfortunately other details regarding specs, pricing and availability date are still unknown.

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