HTC launches standalone Vive VR headset in China

HTC introduced a standalone Vive VR headset on Thursday on the ChinaJoy leisure convention in Shanghai, powered by way of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 cell processor.

The headset is without doubt one of the first to take away the attached tool, permitting players to play without having a high-end smartphone or PC. Oculus is reportedly running on a equivalent headset.

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The standalone Vive VR will release in China, using the corporate’s personal Viveport app platform.

“China is the main cell marketplace on the planet lately, and has the momentum to steer the worldwide VR marketplace as smartly,” stated Alvin W. Graylin, China regional president of Vive. “Partnering with Qualcomm to ship a very easy to make use of and extra reasonably priced Vive VR gadget will permit us to make top class standalone VR broadly available to the loads in China.”

HTC didn’t say if it’s going to release the standalone Vive VR within the U.S. or Europe someday. It additionally didn’t ascertain the cost of the unit within the press unlock.

Opting for Viveport because the default platform is also noticed so to squeeze Steam VR out of the Vive. Steam isn’t banned in China, and its library is a ways greater than Viveport. HTC has argued previously that its personal content material platform caters to greater than video video games, which is why it has made it the default.

Operating with Qualcomm

Qualcomm has constructed the Snapdragon 835 to supply VR stories, however that is the primary time it’s going to be used as the bottom for a whole VR headset. It will have to be tough sufficient, making an allowance for the Pixel XL makes use of a Snapdragon 821 to energy the Daydream VR headset, and Samsung has supported gadgets with even decrease energy on its Tools VR.

“Snapdragon 835 is designed to ship awesome VR stories with out the desire for wires or a separate PC,” stated Hugo Swart, senior director of product control at Qualcomm. “We’re extremely joyful to paintings with HTC’s Vive crew as they make the most of our wealthy characteristic set to create thrilling, new VR stories within the first actually cell VR headset of the Vive ecosystem.”

We will be able to replace as soon as we’ve got data on Western release dates and worth.