HTC Launches Standalone VR Headset Only in China
HTC released a PC-free version of the HTC Vive but you won’t be seeing it anytime soon. The Vive Standalone headset strictly intended for the Chinese market.
HTC Vive Standalone Headset is Only Available in China
China’s mobile market is quite active according to HTC, so the company wants to take advantage of the situation and provide accessible VR hardware to the people. It’s still unknown how well the standalone Vive headset compares to its PC-bound one in specs such as comfort and display resolution and comfort, but it’s clear that the company focuses on cost and portability over raw power.
The Vive Standalone headset features a Snapdragon 835 processor, so you can definitely expect lower visual fidelity than a normal HTC Vive connected to a powerful gaming PC. In exchange of power, you would get a slick and wireless design that doesn’t need a battery backpack in order to operate for a considerable amount of time. Also, smartphone-level processors are much more affordable than PC components.
We might never have the chance to taste the Chinese standalone Vive headset, but fortunately, HTC it’s developing standalone Daydream VR headset set for release later this year so there won’t be any need to import this exotic Chinese gadget because we will have ours on this side of the world. The best of all is that Daydream headsets have a wider and more diverse app selection, compared to Viveport store. Either way, we can’t help but envy our Chinese friends because they will experience a standalone VR headset before we do.
Source: HTC Vive China