HTC today officially announced the launch date of its standalone headset Vive Focus. The headsets will be available in HTC Vive stores starting from December 12, and available or shipping in January 2018.
“Two years ago, we delivered the first room-scale PC VR solution to the world; today, we’re extremely excited to be, once again, the first to bring 6DoF ‘world-scale’ standalone VR in the form of the Vive Focus to the VR market,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC. “The combination of advanced capabilities, usability and comfort in an affordable package is unmatched in the current market. This signals the beginning of VR’s entry into the mass consumer space in 2018.”
Different colors will get different pricing: the blue headsets will come at a premium (4,299 RMB or $650), while the white headsets will be sold at 3,999 RMB ($605).
In terms of battery life, HTC claims that a single charge is good for up to three hours of continuous use or over a week on standby. When depleted, you can bring it back to life using Quick Charge 3.0 via USB-C. As for connectivity, the Vive Focus features WiFi and Bluetooth, but there's no cellular radio here. The WiFi part also supports Miracast for streaming to TVs, which worked well during the demos I saw at last month's launch event. And speaking of Bluetooth, that's for hooking up to accessories such as the bundled 3DoF controller, which runs on two AAA batteries for up to 30 hours of usage.
The Vive Focus will only be available in China for the time being.