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The VIVE Focus will make premium high-definition 6DoF VR experiences accessible to the mass market
Beijing, China – December 7, 2017 － HTC Corporation (“HTC”), a pioneer in innovative, smart mobile and virtual reality (VR) technologies, today announced that its highly-anticipated premium standalone VR headset for the China market, the VIVE FOCUS™, will be available for pre-order at 12:00 a.m. on December 12th (Beijing time) in most of China’s major online stores (i.e. Vive.com, JD.com, Tmall.com) and offline sales channels (i.e. Gome, Suning). Initial customer deliveries are expected in January 2018.
“Two years ago, we delivered the first room-scale PC VR solution to the world; today, we’re extremely excited to be, once again, the first to bring 6DoF ‘world-scale’ VR experiences in the form of the VIVE Focus to the VR market,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of VIVE, HTC. “The combination of advanced capabilities, usability and comfort in an affordable package is unmatched in the current market. This signals the beginning of VR’s entry into the mass consumer space in 2018.”
The VIVE Focus is powered by the advanced features of the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 VR Platform and utilizes the VIVE WAVE™ VR open platform, including the rich content library on VIVEPORT™. The VIVE Focus delivers a compelling experience through inside-out 6-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) world-scale tracking, coupled with a 3K 75Hz high-definition AMOLED screen, 110-degree field of view, adjustable IPD control and built-in audio. With unsurpassed clarity and low latency, the VIVE Focus will allow users to enjoy the wonders of VR in a portable form factor that can easily be taken anywhere. The VIVE Focus also comes with the ability to link to other devices via a USB Type-C connector, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, while its built-in microSD card slot allows storage expansion of up to 2TB.
Without the need to be attached to a PC or a phone, the VIVE Focus is designed to deliver unparalleled convenience and exceptional comfort. It can be put on and taken off in a couple of seconds and immediately turns on when placed on the head. It also comes with water-resistant padding and is designed to be glasses-friendly, with its ergonomically balanced design allowing for all-day wear. The VIVE Focus gives users the freedom to wander anytime and anywhere.
A few scenarios were showcased during the launch event, including a multi-user classroom and cross-site collaborative work, as well as home and in-flight entertainment. Dozens of unique content were demonstrated to the attendees, while the press was given the opportunity for extensive hands-on testing. The VIVE Focus clearly asserted its potential to serve the needs of both personal and professional users, and will lead a new class of devices with which consumers will interact on a daily basis. Thanks to the robust, dynamic and global Viveport developer community and the ease of developing on the VIVE Wave VR open platform, much more content can be expected by the VIVE Focus ship date.
Available in two signature colors, namely Almond White (3,999 RMB, tax included) and the limited edition Electric Blue (4,299 RMB, tax included), each VIVE Focus also comes with a matching Bluetooth handheld controller. For more information and detailed product specifications, please visit: www.vive.com/cn/product/vive-focus-en/.
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HTC Corporation aims to bring brilliance to life. As a global innovator in smart mobile devices and virtual reality devices and technology, HTC has produced award-winning products and industry firsts since its inception in 1997, including the critically acclaimed HTC U, One and Desire lines of premium and flagship smartphones, and leads the VR industry with the VIVE portfolio. The pursuit of brilliance is at the heart of everything we do, inspiring best-in-class design and game-changing mobile and virtual reality experiences for consumers around the world. HTC is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE: 2498). www.htc.comAbout HTC VIVE
VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform, built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. Delivering on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content, VIVE has created the strongest ecosystem for VR hardware and software, bringing VR to consumers, developers and enterprises alike. The VIVE ecosystem is built around the best VR hardware in market, supported by VIVE X, a $100 million accelerator for VR and related technology start-ups, Viveport, a global platform and app store with the world’s first VR subscription model that operates in more than 45 countries, and VIVE Studios, its VR content development and publishing initiative. For more information on VIVE, please visit www.vive.com.
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