HTC Vive Introduce New Vive Wave Open Platform


Only time can tell if the Taiwanese company will bring the Vive Focus to our shore, but there is still hope as the HTC Vive is here so there is a chance the Vive Focus will make an appearance too. Unlike some other standalone VR headsets, you don't need your phone.

While the U.S. has been a slow struggle platform-wise for Vive, China has been a different story where the company has already grown its smartphone-based mobile VR brand thanks to a software launcher tied to its Viveport content store. The other thing worth mentioning is the fact that it definitely looks quite bulk (due to the tech being inside).

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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.

The goal 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. Oculus revealed last month something similar with its Oculus Go stand-alone VR headset, which is also powered by a Qualcomm processor.

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Supporting this headset and the VR world in general is Vive Wave, which is, according to HTC, "an open platform and toolset that will enable easy Mobile VR content development and high-performance device optimisation for third-party partners". Therefore it seems likely that those companies intent to integrate Vive Wave into their hardware.

The platform is created to simplify development and enable support for multiple, cross-platform VR devices. HTC hasn't given a lot more away about the Focus' other specs, like its screen resolution.

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But that's not to say that developers can't add 6DoF hand input to the Focus. Graylin only made it clear that there won't be a Daydream version of the Focus yet, as HTC is, ahem, "focusing on the Focus for China" for the remainder of this year. It is the first standalone six-degrees-of-freedom VR headset to see the light of day. We'll have an update as soon as we hear back from HTC, and stay tuned for our upcoming hands-on later.