HTC Vive standalone VR headset unveiled, Made for China

HTC revealed that the headset will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC

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Highlights

    • This new VR headset will only be sold in China
    • It will not require a PC or a smartphone to function
    • The headset will utilise HTC’s Viveport as an official content platform

HTC today unveiled a standalone Vive VR headset which will exclusively be sold in China. HTC has partnered up with the chipmaker Qualcomm to develop this new standalone VR headset. It will come with HTC Viveport as its content platform. The company revealed that the headset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip). Qualcomm in February also launched a reference VR headset sporting the Snapdragon 835 chipset. HTC, for now, hasn’t revealed any details about the specifications of the new Vive VR headset. However, we feel in the upcoming months we will get to know more about the headset.

“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,”
Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC

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HTC claims that this new VR headset will be able to deliver an outstanding VR experience. As per the company, this stand-alone headset will be the “best-in-class premium device for this segment in the China market”. The company, however, has not revealed any details regarding the pricing or the availability of the device. Recently, HTC also launched a VR headset in Japan, which is compatible with its flagship HTC U11.

“We are thrilled to work with HTC’s Vive team as they utilise our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem,”
Hugo Swart, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.

Notably, the Taiwanese company has invited interested VR developers to register at the Viveport China website to apply for associated support programs and also to get early access to developer events. The headset will be a standalone unit and will not require a PC or a smartphone to function.