HTC’s standalone VR is available in the USA, starts at $599

HTC VIVE Focus standalone enterprise VR headset arrives in Western markets

The future of VR is wireless and standalone - that much has been made clear by the launch of the Oculus Go, HTC Vive Focus and the upcoming Oculus Quest.

Announced alongside is a collaboration tool called Vive Sync, which essentially enables conference calls in VR. This involves a new platform, hardware and software geared toward business applications.

This headset will be available in 37 markets and will cost $600 in the U.S. (note that the regular Vive for PC is $500). It has a resolution of 1,440 x 1,600 per eye, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and developers will be able to experiment with its 6DoF controller add-on shortly. Now, after a long wait of more than 7 months, the Vive Focus has arrived in the U.S. and certain other worldwide markets. The SDK "offers an open interface, enabling interoperability between numerous mobile VR headsets and accessories, with Viveport as the universal distribution and storefront for all Vive Wave devices".

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Although VR headsets have recently been marketed towards gaming, HTC has recognised that VR has is very relevant to businesses in particular automotive design, medical training, situational training, and location-based enterprises.

However, it uses HTC's Vive's proprietary Android-based platform Vive Wave rather than Google Daydream.

HTC also announced its Vive Sync app, which allows companies to have meetings in VR.

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