HTC teams with Qualcomm to launch standalone Vive VR headset

Posted July 30, 2017

While China has seen much more movement in the standalone market than the USA, pricing will be key for HTC which markets its system as VR's "premium" brand.

It's confirmed that the headset will not require any connection to a PC or mobile.

The standalone HTC Vive VR headset looks pretty similar to the Daydream headset that the company has been working on.

HTC has only announced the standalone Vive VR headset for customers in China today.

Qualcomm and HTC have just announced the first Vive Standalone VR headset, which is to be released exclusively for the Chinese market.

When will this standalone VR Vive headset be released?

Not only is the device powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chip, it will also use Qualcomm's proprietary VR platform.

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DigitalTrends reports that the Chinese headset is expected to have front mounted cameras with fisheye lenses, a gyroscope, accelerometer, and motion sensing tech inside. The headset, because it makes use of Qualcomm's all-in-one reference design, will feature inside-out tracking, thanks to depth-sensing cameras on-board.

HTC, on the other hand, enjoys a fan base in China and a headset independent of a smartphone or a PC is certainly an interesting piece of a device from consumer's point of view. For those of you who don't know what Viveport is, it is HTC VIVE's content platform, app store, and subscription service where customers can explore, create, connect, and experience the VR content.

The China stand-alone VR headset will more than likely features Qualcomm's hardware infrastructure, but will not have anything to do with Google and its WorldSense technology. With today's launch, HTC was able to beat Oculus to the punch, though it remains to be seen which company will make a standalone VR headset more widely available.

Here at TR, we love the HTC Vive and what it offers.

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