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HTC teams with Qualcomm to launch standalone Vive VR headset

HTC teams with Qualcomm to launch standalone Vive VR headset

HTC is continuing in its quest to make virtual reality more accessible with the announcement of a second standalone VR headset.

Since Google, including web searches, aren't available in China due to government regulations, all content for the headset is being sourced from HTC's Viveport store. After successfully introducing one of the industry's first complete VR systems last year, the company this year revealed additional peripherals and accessories, including the Vive Tracker universal tracking device and the TPCast wireless upgrade.

The Vive Standalone will be powered by Snapdragon 835 mobile VR platform. Chinese technology giant HTC seems to be one of them. As for HTC's partnership with Qualcomm for this release, it all came down to affordability and the ability for the Snapdragon 835 to deliver enough power for VR in an affordable package. We've reached out to HTC for clarification and will update with any new information.

HTC makes it clear that this isn't the standalone VR headset that Google announced at Google I/O back in May. This is how the project looks now and it was brought to market by a few Chinese companies.

But more than anything, HTC and Qualcomm's Vive Standalone, along with Oculus rumored VR device, could convince people to warm up to the VR world since high costs won't factor in their decision anymore.

Facebook-owned Oculus has not officially announced its intent but rumors in July point us to another Qualcomm-powered headset that will sell for around $200.

HTC has teamed up with Qualcomm to launch a standalone VR headset that initially will only be available in China. This means it won't be as powerful as the gaming PC-fuelled Vive proper, but won't have any of the messy wires required by its cumbersome forebear either. Viveport will also serve as the headset's official content platform.

China has explosive growth in both the mobile and VR markets, so HTC wants to capitalise on that. While current standalone VR headsets allow for users to only sit down and move their heads to interact, the Standalone Vive VR headset from HTC will allow them to also move in space in real time.


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