However, the Vive Focus won't be running on Google's Daydream platform, as per the original plan. Instead, HTC is going it alone: the Focus will run on Vive Wave platform, with games and apps offered through HTC's Viveport store.
Wave is an open VR platform that'll make it easy for developers to create content for the Vive Focus and a wide range of other standalone and mobile VR headsets. That's going to be a particularly big deal in China where the headset market is largely fractured.
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HTC isn't saying when exactly the system will be available outside of China, but developer kits can be picked up right now. HTC's also offering 100% revenue share between April and September to developers who bring their creations to Viveport in China for either the Focus of flagship Vive, a sweetener to get more content on the Chinese market.
2018 is set to be the year of standalone VR with the Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage Solo headed our way, and possibly the Oculus Santa Cruz too. The Vive Focus will offer 6DoF (six-degree-of-freedom) tracking, which will one-up the Oculus Go's 3DoF. It'll still be powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform as the China edition, so sadly it won't be based on the newer 845 reference design.
We tried the Vive Focus back at MWC, where editor Mike came away suitably impressed. "The image quality is pretty crisp and in no way laggy, despite essentially being powered by a processor that's primarily found inside smartphones," he said at the time.
We'll be trying it again at GDC to see if there will be any changes for the global edition of the Vive Focus.
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