HTC at the ChinaJoy 2017 announced its first Vive Standalone VR headset for the China market. It will be a premium headset and promises outstanding standalone VR experience and doesn’t require PC to use it, unlike the HTC VIVE headset that was launched recently. HTC says that it will be simple, light-weight and portable.
It will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile VR platform designed to support built-in VR functionality and will also allow developers to more rapidly release content.
It will use HTC’s own VIVEPORT platform offering VR content applications, including games, education, tourism and other high-quality VR content. Even developers can register to create VR content for the headset. The headset has been listed on HTC Vive US site as well and says it will be available later this year, so it might release in other countries after China.
Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC, said:
China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well. Partnering with Qualcomm to deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system will enable us to make premium standalone VR widely accessible to the masses in China.
Hugo Swart, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc, said:
Snapdragon 835 is designed to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC.We are thrilled to work with HTC’s Vive team as they utilize our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem.