The Vive Focus is a standalone VR headset from HTC. It boasts some impressive specs, but $600 though!
While we’ve already taken a good look at the Vive Focus standalone VR headset with 6DoF “world-scale” tracking, HTC had yet to reveal its detailed specs nor price, but almost a month later, we finally have some answers. First of all, as of December 12th, the device will be available for pre-ordering in China starting from 3,999 yuan or about $600, with shipment commencing in January next year. The base price isn’t far off from the original PC-tethered Vive which is priced at $599 before tax in the US (in China it costs 5,488 yuan which is about $830). Better yet, that price applies to a new white version which, in my opinion, is much better looking than the original “electric blue” — that’s now a limited edition priced at 4,299 yuan (about $650).
In addition to pricing and availability, HTC also shed more light on the internal specifications. We already knew about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset deep inside the Vive Focus, and now we’re also told that there’s a 2,880 x 1,600 single-piece AMOLED display, which is actually sharper than the Vive’s 2,160 x 1,200 made up of two AMOLED panels. While both headsets have the same 110-degree field of view, the Vive Focus’ 75 Hz refresh rate is a little slower than the Vive’s 90 Hz. Alas, the mechanism of the inside-out tracking module remains a mystery for now. There’s also no figure on the weight yet, but as mentioned in our hands-on, it felt lighter than its tethered counterpart.