HTC Vive Introduce New Vive Wave Open Platform

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In addition to this, content from HTC's Viveport will also be available for Vive Focus.

The objective of Vive Wave was to provide a unified interface and set of tools for developers to provide content for the HTC Vive Focus, as well as other mobile virtual reality (VR) devices. Choice is great, of course, but when each device has its own content platform, it's hard for developers to support all systems, paving the way for one platform to dominate. This unit aims to offer a different kind of VR solution. Developers who are already using Unity will enjoy the added benefit of the new one-click process to publish to Viveport, along with in-app payment support starting with China. With over 35 content creators, based in China and across the world, involved in creating content for Vive Wave, HTC seems to be banking on the open platform unifying VR. "Vive Wave will assure a higher consistency in the user experience on a variety of mobile VR devices across various price points, making quality VR more accessible to the mass market".

Not much else is known about this new headset, but Tom's Hardware seems to think that the headset is exclusive to the Chinese market.

HTC says it will be focusing its resources on a Qualcomm-powered standalone for the China market, which it is calling the Vive Focus.

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Beyond the Vive headset, Google had announced that they were also working with Lenovo on a wireless Daydream headset.

HTC suggests that multiple computing platforms are supported by Wave, but clearly states that this VR platform is optimised for the Qualcomm Snapdragon mobile platform. HTC hasn't given a lot more away about the Focus' other specs, like its screen resolution. Dubbed the Vive Focus, this all-in-one device features inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom (6DoF) "world-scale" tracking, meaning it doesn't require external base stations nor sensors, so you can get positional tracking anywhere at any time - even on a train or plane, should you wish to.

Alongside this announcement, HTC also unleashed its new VR development platform, which will be utilised by the Focus.

The HTC Vive Focus's release date hasn't been stated, but developers can apply for a dev kit.

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