HTC is releasing standalone Vive VR headset in the Chinese market

HTC is releasing standalone Vive VR headset in the Chinese market

Owners of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive can now sample the rather cool Virt-A-Mate demo from lone developer Meshed VR. What we do know is that it will run the Snapdragon 835 chipset and have six-degrees-of-freedom tracking, but not much else.

HTC and Qualcomm have officially announced the Vive Standalone VR headset, coming exclusively to China soon. This new standalone design also moves away from the slot-in design of the Samsung Gear VR and doesn't require the user to monopolize their smartphone for VR purposes. Apps running on Viveport will have been built using Qualcomm's VR platform.

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Graylin added that the partnership with Qualcomm would provide HTC the means to "deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system" and make VR widely accessible to audiences in China.

Excitingly, the new standalone VR will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR platform, which is the same system used in the Google Daydream virtual reality headset - also a standalone offering. Needless to say, the VR headset will neither require a PC or a smartphone and is completely wireless. It looks much sturdier with a head-strap akin to that used by the PlayStation VR headset, the VR headset with, in our opinion, the most comfortable fit of all VR headsets now on the market. It includes support from Qualcomm's inside-out positional tracking technology and a set of cameras that allows you to walk, not just look around.

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We don't exactly know what OS the device will use, a similar HTC Daydream VR headset is headed to the United States running Daydream 2.0 and Android O, but it's not clear if this Chinese version does as well.

While China has seen much more movement in the standalone market than the US, pricing will be key for HTC which markets its system as VR's "premium" brand. If true, this could make for an interesting battle between Oculus and HTC in the Chinese VR market, though admittedly, HTC already has a huge presence in China as it stands.

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The headset will be using different tracking tech compared to what it will use when it reaches the US.

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