We have known for a while now that HTC has been working on a standalone HMD. It would seem that we can now put a name to that project. As Lets Go Digital has uncovered, HTC has submitted patent requests naming the new HMD the Vive Focus.
The new device will not require a PC or phone but will be utilizing Google’s DayDream. One of the more interesting upgrades the Focus brings to the mobile VR arena is inside out tracking. The headset will feature “WorldSense” positional tracking that offers six degrees of freedom without external equipment. The included controller will feature three degrees of freedom tracking.
We took a look at HTC’s direction when they first announced their plans for a standalone HMD back in February. With the Gear VR sales outshining the higher end HMD’s, it is pretty clear that HTC saw the opportunity to improve upon the existing mobile VR options. With two products currently in the works, the Focus and the unnamed HMD to be released in China , it would seem HTC is gunning for that mobile market.
Could these standalone HMD’s be the future of mobile VR, or is it just another tier in the product tree? A large part of the mobile market success is its low price tag. Unfortunately we will have to wait and see if Google unveils any further details about the Focus in their upcoming conference. As of now we do not have a price or specific launch date. We do know that the Focus is set to release later in 2017.