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Standalone HTC Vive VR Headset Unveiled

28 July, 2017, 00:14 | Author: Jan Cross
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There has been talk of a standalone virtual reality headset from HTC which wouldn't require users to carry a PC with them wherever they go.

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Since Oculus is apparently working on the standalone VR headset that can come as low as $200, we would assume that this might be the target for the HTC product too.

The translation from the Chinese landing page names the headset the "Vive One", and states that it will be built upon the Viveport foundation, possibly negating the ability to connect to Steam altogether, as there isn't a mention of the platform anywhere on the Vive One page.

The Snapdragon 835 has already proven its prowess in most of the major flagship phones that have launched this year, so we already know it's got plenty of horsepower.

Standalone VR headsets are seen as essential if virtual reality is ever to realise the potential and promise touted a couple of years ago.

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Standalone VR headsets differ from the current options on the market in two distinct ways. Back at Google I/O, Google, HTC, and Lenovo all announced plans to release standalone Daydream headsets that could be used without a 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.

But these headsets are expensive and require a powerful gaming PC, which is often pricey.

"China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well", HTC Vive executive Alvin W. Graylin said in a statement, according to TechCrunch. The 835 should provide more than enough power for all sorts of games and apps, and Qualcomm's VR tracking system uses inside-out positional tracking to better immerse yourself in rich, new realities. 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. HTC recently announced a new VR headset coming to China, and from what we've seen so far, it looks a whole lot like a forthcoming Daydream headset that should be available in the States later this year.

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