HTC has delivered a comprehensive Vive Focus proposition for developers, and the contribution to on-boarding new content continues with a newly announced partnership with Unity Technologies. The Unity engine will incorporate a one-click solution for publishing on Viveport, targeted at Vive Focus content but also including PC-based head-mounted displays (HMDs).
The Vive Focus was announced late last night and represents HTC’s first step into the standalone HMD market. The Vive Focus does not require tethering to a PC, nor external cameras or the mounting a smartphone handset within the unit. Instead, the Vive Focus contains all hardware required for a virtual reality (VR) experience within the HMD itself.
Designed to be a lightweight, easily portable VR HMD, the Vive Focus features an AMOLED display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The HMD also features inside-out tracking with six degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) head-tracking and a 3DoF controller.
The partnership with Unity Technologies will allow software developers creating content that takes advantage of the Vive Focus platform an easier path to distribution. Unity will integrate Viveport into its content platform and also integrate Vive’s in-app payment and VR advertisement functions into its development system, with an initial focus on the China market.
Additionally, Unity will provide an ‘intuitive’ way for developers to utilise the newly announced Vive Wave VR SDK. Vive Wave is an open platform designed to unify the various mobile HMDs currently available as soon to launch in China, which at present includes support from the likes of Pimax, Pico, Coocaa, 360QIKU, Thundercomm, Idealens and Nubia.
No release date nor price point has yet been announced for the Vive Focus HMD in China, however it is currently believed that the device will be shipping to developers in the very near future.
Furthermore no details on its western counterpart, believed to be known as the Vive Eclipse, have yet been revealed. Google has confirmed that the HMD will no longer support the Google Daydream platform, however exactly what distribution platform the HMD will use is not yet known. VRFocus has contacted HTC for further information on the western launch of a Vive standalone HMD and will continue to keep you updated with all the latest information.