Last November, when HTC announced its standalone Vive Focus headset was coming to the West, we said that a better one was coming.
Well, a better one cometh: HTC has just confirmed a new version is hitting, one with updated controllers and a slightly redesigned headset. It’s called the Vive Focus Plus.
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The biggest change is in those controllers: whereas the Vive Focus controller supports three degrees of freedom – everything rotates on a single spot; pitch, yaw, and roll – the Vive Plus supports six degrees, which means they support depth of movement so they can be fully tracked around the room.
As for the headset, it’s really more of a tweak with a bit more weight distribution across the forehead – presumably making it more comfortable to wear. Otherwise it’s still the same 2880 x 1600 AMOLED display.
Back to those controllers: this will let the Focus better compete with the Oculus Quest, Facebook’s comparable standalone headset which is due to launch in the coming months. That said, while Facebook’s headset is aimed at consumers, the Vive Focus – and Plus – are being pitched to businesses.
Why? Well, you can boil it down to money. The VR industry is still pretty nascent, and HTC is hedging itself by making offerings across enterprise and consumers. For the latter, HTC has the Vive Cosmos incoming in 2019.
The Vive Plus will be available in the second quarter of the year, with no price announced yet.
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