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Published: Sun, July 30, 2017
Research | By Kayla Price

HTC is creating a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market

HTC is creating a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market

HTC has announced its first standalone VR headset - but for now it's exclusive to the Chinese market. Lenovo plans to build a VR headset using the same Qualcomm reference design for the Daydream platform. HTC makes the goal clear: to bring its "premium standalone VR" platform to the Chinese masses.

Right now, mobile VR headsets are essentially just shells.

HTC HAS UNVEILED its first standalone Vive VR headset, although it'll only be made available in China. Or, in the case of Vive, no need to tether the headset to an expensive desktop computer, which is rather restrictive in terms of motion as well as budget.

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processor is the ideal start.

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While Viveport does look like a promising offering, it will be relegated exclusively to the Asian markets, while U.S. market will get to enjoy a wider selection of applications and resources through the Daydream platform. The characters can react to your movements or objects you control in a realistic manner. Check out our in-depth feature for more info. This headset will not feature any wires and will take away the restriction that most VR users have faced thus far - carrying around heavy equipment and being forced to restrain from moving about so much. You need a fast PC, a relatively large empty space for room-scale VR, and have to spool out several meters of cables and set up tracking lighthouses. You are not going to get the same capabilities as the regular VIVE connected to a full gaming rig, also tracking won't be as precise either due to a lack of external sensors, but it will likely use an on-board visual tracking system, similar to project Tango. Earlier this year HTC also announced a western release for the TPCast wireless upgrade kit for $250 (£190). However, this will not see a United Kingdom release, so you'll have to import if you're desperate to try it out for yourself.

We don't exactly know what OS the device will use, a similar HTC Daydream VR headset is headed to the U.S. running Daydream 2.0 and Android O, but it's not clear if this Chinese version does as well.

Despite the lack of details, HTC is clearly ready to push ahead with standalone VR, flushing out its Vive lineup with more affordable mobile products. No launch date was given either, but I would expect it to launch around the same time as HTC's other Daydream headset in the rest of the world.

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