HTC’s Vive Focus Standalone Gets A Release Date And Price For China

by Jamie Feltham • December 7th, 2017

While there’s still no word on a western release, HTC’s first standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus, finally has launch details for China.

The company confirmed today that pre-orders for the headset, which runs on its new Vive Wave platform, will start on December 12th, with first shipments expected in January 2018. You can pre-order from the official Vive website. You can check out a new trailer of it below.

As for pricing, there’s a standard ‘Almond White’ edition of the device that costs ¥3,999, which works out to $604.49. Yes, that’s slightly more expensive than the $599 price of PC-based Vive in the US, but it’s important to remember that that headset costs $820.57 in China, so it’s possible that it could be significantly cheaper if it ever did come to the west.

There’s also a Special ‘Electric Blue’ Edition of the device that costs ¥4,999 ($755.65). As a standalone device, these prices get you all you need to jump into VR; there’s no need for a separate PC to run it on or mobile device to plug into.

Vive Focus boasts its own inside-out tracking solution allowing your head to move through virtual space in any direction, but with a three degrees of freedom (3DOF) controller that’s used more as a pointer. It’s also got a 3K AMOLED display with a 75Hz refresh rate and a 110 degree field of view (FOV).

At the same time Vive Focus was announced, Google confirmed that its own standalone VR headset made in partnership with HTC had been cancelled. The device was similar to the Focus but would run on Google’s Daydream platform. A standalone headset from Google and Lenovo is still on the way.

We’ve asked HTC once more if the company has any plans for a release in the west. Oculus, meanwhile, will be launching its first standalone, all 3DOF Oculus Go, early next year for $199, while plans for the more ambitious, 6DOF-tracked Santa Cruz will hopefully be shared in 2018.

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  • Ziming Wang | 王梓铭

    The headset also comes with 4 games according to its official website

  • drd7of14

    Maybe it’s just me, but that blue looks mad ugly.

  • johngrimoldy

    I’d expect a standalone VR system simply would not have the horsepower to deliver the level of experience you’d get from a PC/console-based system. It wouldn’t seem possible (yet) to pack the required CPU, GPU and battery into a standalone device unless its thin-client gaming.

  • WyrdestGeek

    There’s a lot of headset news and I am all confused.

    Why is this headset being released to China only?

  • gothicvillas

    im shocked of the price. Why would anyone spend 600 dollars on glorified google cardboard?

    • Robin Doran

      Because it’s not a Google Cardboard, I’ve seen prototypes like this, there a force to be reckoned with. Time will tell.

  • price should be down.

  • Robin Doran

    Hope the Oculus Go makes an epic come back! 😀