Standalone HTC Vive VR Headset Launched In China

HTC's Standalone Vive VR headset won't require a high-end PC but will still likely be pricey

HTC announced its Vive Standalone VR (virtual reality) headset exclusively for the Chinese market. We'll bring you more information as we get it.

Taiwanese VR giant HTC has debuted a standalone spin-off to the HTC Vive virtual reality headset at ChinaJoy 2017.

"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. This new VR Headset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is the company's flagship chipset.

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In China, the new Vive headset will work on the company's own Viveport content platform that will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon VR tracking tech, whereas in the United States, the headset will work on Google's WorldSense positional tracking, which is based off of the Daydream platform.

Owners of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive can now sample the rather cool Virt-A-Mate demo from lone developer Meshed VR.

Recently there was news about Oculus partnering with Xiaomi to come up with an all-in-one headset for the Chinese market. It includes support from Qualcomm's inside-out positional tracking technology and a set of cameras that allows you to walk, not just look around.

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Dubbed the HTC Vive Standalone VR headset, it is a consumer product that is exclusive to China. What we do know is that it'll be completely wireless and won't require any kind of base stations like the PC-powered HTC Vive, meaning it should be fairly simplistic in design.

Despite being announced in China, the overall design of the headset is largely unknown. HTC is now also at work on a separate headset that will release in North America, in partnership with Google, and it is suspected the two sets will be cosmetically identical. On the software side, the headset will rely on Viveport, HTC's own content platform, which is also available on PC as an alternative to Steam VR. Since then, however, these companies have been very quiet about their headsets... until today. The HTC Vive hardware bundle retails for $799.99 Dollars. The heart of the platform is powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, created to support built-in VR functionality and allow developers to more rapidly release compelling content.

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