HTC has announced a standalone VIVE VR headset, exclusive to China

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28 July, 2017

HTC VIVE used the ChinaJoy 2017 event to announce the first Vive Standalone VR headset for the Chinese market, which will use Viveport as its official content platform.

Since Google, including web searches, aren't available in China due to government regulations, all content for the headset is being sourced from HTC's Viveport store.

This is why HTC's standalone VR headset is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with the company's proprietary virtual reality platform.

The characters can come alive by capturing and storing motion capture from off-the-shelf VR controllers like the Vive controllers or Oculus Touch controllers.

The launch for HTC's Vive Standalone VR headset comes just weeks after rumours surfaced that Oculus is also working on a wire-free VR device that'll cost just $200 (around £155). This means that more users will be able to afford virtual reality game play, which means that the technology can gain better popularity even among gamers who can't afford or aren't interested in high-end gameplay. We do know that the Chinese version lacks the Google WorldSense tech that the standalone coming to the USA will boast.

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One of the biggest advantages of a wireless VR experience provided by standalone VR headsets is that it makes the gameplay feel more real as the player is not constricted by wires nor restrained by a docked in device.

Back at Google I/O in May, Google announced that it would soon be introducing standalone VR headsets alongside the existing ones that are powered by your smartphone.

While it's clear that it's marketed only at the Chinese market and won't be coming to the United Kingdom anytime soon, it signals that progress is being made in that department. As is the case with all tethered headsets, it requires a powerful PC setup to function. Although all-in-one VR devices would be much lower-performance in comparison, they would presumably be more affordable and thus open up VR to a broader audience.

"China is the leading mobile market in the world today and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well".


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