Shadow VR - the headset taking on Oculus

HTC VIVE Focus standalone enterprise VR headset arrives in Western markets

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

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. Additionally, a new Shadow VR has also been launched.

Announced alongside is a collaboration tool called Vive Sync, which essentially enables conference calls in VR.

This headset will be available in 37 markets and will cost $600 in the United States (note that the regular Vive for PC is $500).

The HTC Vive Focus was first launched in the Chinese market back in November a year ago, followed by a March 2018 announcement at GDC 2018 that the standalone VR headset would come to global markets soon.

As part of that shifting focus, the firm has unveiled a new app called Vive Sync, which lets employees from different offices link-up and collaborate in virtual reality. It's priced at $599. The Vive Focus Advantage service program brings up to cost to $750, but offers dedicated professional support and is aimed at businesses. No PC is required for installing and using the Vive Focus. The Vive Focus is powered by the Vive Wave platform, comes with dual 3K AMOLED screens and runs on a Snapdragon 835 mobile processor. Vive Focus utilizes both the Vive Wave platform and the Viveport, the latter of which provides access to content.

With a growing list of 15 companies working alongside HTC on Android-powered VR, it'll be interesting to see what the future holds for wired, desktop based VR.

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