HTC Vive Focus could be the next Daydream VR headset

Standalone headset could be edging closer to reality
HTC Vive Focus name revealed

It looks like we could have the name of HTC's first Google Daydream VR headset thanks to trademark applications that point to the company's standalone setup being called the Vive Focus.

The folks at Lets go Digital spotted the pair of applications, which were filed on September 8 2017 in the US and Europe with the applications categorised as a, 'Head mounted display for computer simulated reality; computer hardware; computer simulated reality software; virtual reality game software; handheld controllers for use in computer simulated reality environment; optical devices, namely, eye pieces for head mounted displays; carrying cases and holders for use with computer simulated reality headsets'.

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While there's been no real indication that HTC is preparing to upgrade its high end headset, we are still waiting to see its first Google Daydream device and the fact that these applications have been made in both Europe and US could be a big hint that an unveiling is edging closer.

If you need a reminder, Google announced earlier this year it was working with Lenovo and HTC on hardware for its Daydream platform that won't require a smartphone or PC to run it. As far as looks, all we really have to go on is the silhouette above and the likelihood that it'll come packing a controller like the current Google Daydream View headset. We do expect it to make use of inside-out tracking technology known as 'WorldSense', powered by Google's Tango technology. This will provide a total freedom of movement so you'll won't need the basestations that give the HTC Vive its room-scale experience.

Back in July, the Taiwanese company unveiled a standalone HTC headset only available in China powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor we expect the Daydream model to be packing as well. An HTC Link mobile VR headset powered by its U11 smartphone also rocked up in Japan as well with a specs sheet that includes two 3.6-inch 1080 x 1200 LCD displays with a 110 degree field of view and 90Hz refresh rate.

It seems pretty unlikely we'll see the HTC Daydream headset before the end of the year so maybe we'll have to wait until 2018 to finally get our hands on it.

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