HTC launches the wireless Vive Standalone


Announced at ChinaJoy 2017, the first Vive standalone VR headset is likely a sign of HTC's plans eventual plans for the North American market, though nothing has been confirmed yet. Neither HTC or Qualcomm had much to share about what exactly there was to expect from the standalone Vive coming to either US or China, though details on Qualcomm's 835 reference VR headset likely offer some perspective.

The characters can come alive by capturing and storing motion capture from off-the-shelf VR controllers like the Vive controllers or Oculus Touch controllers. Built using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 mobile processor, it will act independently of a PC and will use battery power for a few hours of operation.

HTC's Vive is still one of the best virtual reality setups out there today, yet one of the most inconvenient parts about it is that it's not cheap.

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.

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Regardless, even if this HTC headset is reminiscent of what Google will be announcing in the coming months, it's highly unlikely that this particular version will ever make its way to markets outside of China. While the exact specifications of the headset are still not yet known, HTC has released a few more details about the headset, ramping up expectations of whether we'll ever see this headset released internationally.

Standalone VR headsets are seen as essential if virtual reality is ever to realise the potential and promise touted a couple of years ago.

According to the company, the standalone Vive will offer a more affordable VR experience to a broader audience.

It's confirmed that the headset will not require any connection to a PC or mobile. The Viveport platform was introduced by HTC sometime previous year and offers consumers with the option of streaming VR-content at their convenience. "We are thrilled to work with HTC's Vive team as they utilise our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem".

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