Thursday, 14 December, 2017

HTC Announces Snapdragon 835-Based VIVE VR Headset for Chinese Market

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Cecilia Poole | 28 July, 2017, 00:16

Though mobile-first VR solutions like Gear VR have existed for several years, selling on the market before the PC-based solutions were released, the move of HTC from tethered virtual reality to a wireless standalone unit signals a shift in the market.

When the new headset launches that will connect directly to the HTC Viveport store for immersive virtual reality games and experiences rather than the Google Play Store. This standalone version of the Vive is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, the same system-on-chip that's featured in many high-end Android smartphones. This means it won't be as powerful as the gaming PC-fuelled Vive proper, but won't have any of the messy wires required by its cumbersome forebear either. Whereas the USA version will use Google's WorldSense technology which utilizes six degrees of freedom (6DoF) for head-tracking, Qualcomm's could support only three degrees of freedom (3DoF), which is what mobile VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR now use. Back at Google I/O, Google, HTC, and Lenovo all announced plans to release standalone Daydream headsets that could be used without a smartphone.

HTC has finally revealed its first standalone virtual reality headset at an event in Shanghai, China. This is how the project looks now and it was brought to market by a few Chinese companies.

That's why Google's Daydream and Cardboard platforms seem to be so popular, as they offer more casual users a solid VR experience without breaking the bank. 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. On the software side, the headset will rely on Viveport, HTC's own content platform, which is also available on PC as an alternative to Steam VR. HTC is also building a content rich library for China, similar to how it had done with the initial Vive VR launch.

China regional president of Vive, HTC, Mr. Alvin W. Graylin reportedly confirmed the aforementioned news.

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