Published: Thu, March 28, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

HTC announces $800 Vive Focus Plus standalone VR headset for $800

HTC announces $800 Vive Focus Plus standalone VR headset for $800

HTC will begin selling standalone Vive Focus Plus headsets on April 15.

The is scheduled to launch in 25 countries with support for 19 languages, and will come with an enterprise license at no additional cost in most markets.

HTC announced their VIVE Focus Plus premium standalone VR headset last month. As mentioned above, the Vive Focus Plus standalone VR headset will be available from the official Vive store starting April 15 priced at $799 (roughly Rs. 50,000). Meanwhile, the Vive Focus Plus is focused more on enterprise applications, which isn't almost as exciting.

The Vive Plus is a business-focused VR headset and is positioned differently to the recently-announced Oculus Quest. It is also using new fresnel lenses implemented into the HMD for visual clarity.

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Users will also have access to almost 250 Vive Wave applications at launch, while the Viveport Infinity Wave subscription program will provide an additional 70-plus "premium" titles. Vive Focus Plus will also feature built-in cameras for inside-out tracking which remove the need for any external cameras or wires. "We're thrilled to be able to feature numerous experiences and use cases at VEC, which showcase the incredible opportunity for Vive Focus Plus and the entire VR category".

The inside-out tracking technology is a great addition to the VR headset because it will make VR experience feel more immersive.

Thanks to this capability, the headset is compatible with everything from PCs and laptops to smartphones, game consoles, 2D video streaming devices, live 360 camera streaming and more. Controllers for the Focus Plus offer 6-degrees of freedom to support VR navigation via hand motions.

'With the unveiling of these enhancements for Vive Focus Plus, the VR industry is taking a big step forward with this new generation of full-fidelity standalone VR devices enabling total freedom of interaction and freedom of connection, ' claims Alvin Wang Graylin, China President at HTC.

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