Reports suggest HTC may come out with its first Google Daydream VR headset called “Vive Focus” in the near future. This news can have a significant impact on the VR and VR headset industry with the announcement of the new entrant. Earlier as we all know Google collaborated with HTC and Lenovo to design and manufacture premium standalone VR headset, Viva Focus might just the first of those.
HTC had introduced HTC Vive headsets back in 2016 and it was highly praised by industry experts. Still, it was a commercial flopped managing to sell around 420,000 units in 2016. For the failure of the HTC Vive were many problems that continue to plague VR as a platform. Mainly the price of the first-generation VR headset was quite expensive and they required a powerful computer console like the PlayStation 4 to even work. These factors made it near impossible to make entry sky high and limited VR’s exposure
Apart from this, there were other issues like tethering and excessive wires leading to restricted motion and freedom. On the other hand, the entry-level VR was of lower quality. It often required a clip on the smartphone to function and lacked meaningful content. Vive FocusThe latest entrant HTC Vive Focus could prove to be a revolutionary device to fix a lot of the problems we mentioned. Reports suggest it will be a standalone handset and will not need a computer or smartphone to function. It is likely to be powered by its own Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC. These features will certainly reduce the entry barriers for VR.
Another amazing feature is the “WorldSense” technology which will allow for inside-out tracking. What this does is eliminated the need for external sensors and tethers allowing for complete freedom of movement, making VR experiences feel much more natural and accessible.
The VR industry has immense potential, some of the industry experts suggest the total shipments of VR headsets may cross 67 million by 2021, representing a 5-year CAGR of 48.7%.
Google and HTC are not the only ones to recognize the potential of VR. Samsung after the success of Gear VR is planning the release of its own high-end VR headset. Whereas Facebook-owned Oculus is busy with its wireless mobile VR headset development for a completely tether-free experience. From the current developments though it seems Google and HTC might win the race, as we might get to see the HTC Vive Focus launched by 4 October 2017.
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