HTC Vive Launches $599 Vive Focus Standalone VR Headset in North America, Europe

HTC’s Vive Focus virtual reality (VR) headset is finally making its way to markets outside of Asia: HTC Vive announced during a press event in San Francisco Thursday that the standalone headset is coming to 37 new markets in North America and Europe. The headset will sell for $599 in the U.S., with HTC Vive offering a $749 enterprise “Advantage” option.

The Vive Focus is a standalone headset, meaning that it works without the need to power VR experiences with a phone or external PC. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and offers what’s known in the industry as 6 degrees of freedom. This means that users can not only look around in VR, but actually lean in and even take a step into VR worlds.

Visuals are being powered by a display with a resolution of 1440 by 800 pixels per eye, which is identical to the resolution of the company’s higher-end Vive Pro headset, according to HTC North Americas general manager Dan O’Brien. It offers a 110-degree field of view.

In its current iteration, the Vive Focus doesn’t offer a 6 degrees of freedom controller. However, O’Brien announced that the company is also making a new developer edition available with such a controller, which should make it possible to develop even more immersive applications. There is no word yet on when the same controller will be available to consumers, or enterprise customers for that matter.

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