HTC VIVE(TM) Announces a Premium Standalone VR Headset for the China Market

HTC VIVE(TM) Announces a Premium Standalone VR Headset for the China Market

HTC says the headset is created to deliver an "outstanding VR experience" with the manufacturer classifying the device as premium. We do know that the Chinese version lacks the Google WorldSense tech that the standalone coming to the United States will boast.

The headset looks exactly the same as a standalone version announced by HTC during the Google I/O developer conference in May for USA audiences. Although there are accessories that can untether your experience, it looks like HTC has partnered with Qualcomm to produce a self-contained Vive headset - dubbed the Vive Standalone - that will be exclusive to China.

"China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well", said Alvin Graylin, China regional president of Vive at HTC.

HTC has become the first mover among VR companies by launching its new Vive headset in China. Companies like AMD will claim that a $499 PC will run a tethered VR, but from our experience, you need to spend much more than that, probably at least a $1000 plus.

Owners of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive can now sample the rather cool Virt-A-Mate demo from lone developer Meshed VR. The collaboration with Qualcomm lends the device a Snapdragon 835 chip, based on Qualcomm's all-in-one reference design.

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The wireless and standalone version of the Vive will use Qualcomm's current flagship mobile SoC.

HTC has unveiled a premium standalone VR aimed at the Chinese market.

It would make sense for HTC to time the standalone Viveport headset's release around the launch of its Daydream-powered counterpart, though again HTC is keeping that information under wraps at the moment. These VR headsets use the super-powered Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, built into the device itself, as well as dedicated displays for producing immersive visuals. However, instead of using the Google Daydream VR platform it will utilise HTC's own Viveport for content. The HTC Vive hardware bundle retails for $799.99 United States dollars.

According to a report from AnandTech, HTC is, "making it very clear that this headset has no bearing or impact on their previously announced standalone Daydream headset".

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