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Experience the World of Virtual Reality with HTC Vive Focus

18 December 2017 | Jonathan So

Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturers HTC, best known for their smartphones, has recently launched the Vive Focus, the first standalone VR headset with six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) positional tracking. This all-in-one VR headset is unique as it comes with “world-scale” tracking, enabling users to walk around in VR without being tethered to a PC nor a confined space. This means that you can get positional tracking anywhere at any time, even while travelling on a train or plane. Here are some key features of the HTC Vive Focus that you should take note off:

Design and Build

HTC deserves an A when it comes to long-term wearing comfort and build quality. Compared to its predecessors, the Vive Focus has a lighter build which provides increased comfort, especially when combined with its rotational head strap and a new cushion. The plastic body also has a more refined look and a tweaked nose rest to block more light. A new hinged neck support is also included on the back strap to offer better weight-balancing.

In terms of composition, you will find an interpupillary distance dial, a headphone jack, and volume buttons at the bottom of the Vive Focus’ main body whereas there is a micro-USB socket at the top side for recharging the device. Moreover, the headset also comes with built-in stereo speakers, located approximately where your ears would be. Although the speakers are nothing to shout about in terms of audio quality, they are loud and does what they are supposed to do well.

Other Important Details

In terms of display, the Vive Focus VR headset features a 2,880 x 1,600 AMOLED display with a 110-degree field of view and a 75Hz refresh rate. This Snapdragon 835 device is kept cool by an internal fan and is powered by a battery that offers up to three-hours’ worth of game time. Speaking of games, the Vive Focus brings a new dimension to Spark of Light, a game ported from Daydream. The device enables you to walk around the world and even bend down to take a closer look at certain objects, something that cannot be done on previous standalone VR units. The Vive Focus has also improved the gaming experience of HTC Vive Studio’s own Bowshot game. The game has evolved from a sluggish prototype to a smooth first-person shooter.

It seems that the Vive Focus is now the next VR-centred device to have thanks to the functionality and flexibility it offers. While we await the Vive Focus to arrive in Malaysia, do check out these HTC products.

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