Preorders for the new stand-alone HTC Vive Focus virtual reality headset started in China taking place during December 2017, after which it has started rolling out to consumers throughout China, providing them with an early glimpse at the new stand-alone VR headset technology before the rest of the world. This week during the GDC 2018 games event taking place in San Francisco, HTC has confirmed that the new HTC Vive Focus virtual reality headset will be launching internationally sometime during 2018, “later this year” were the words used by HTC in their statement.
HTC has also made available a developer kit for the HTC Vive Focus which is now available to preorder for those developers looking to get early access to the new virtual reality hardware. The Vive Focus is currently on sale In China priced at roughly $679 for the Electric Blue model slightly cheaper at $631 for the Almond White VR headset both of which come complete with controller.
The news follows on from the announcement earlier this week that the new HTC Vive Pro headset is also now available to preorder priced at $799 or £799. Although this price only includes the headset and not any sensor base stations or virtual reality motion controllers, all of which will need to be purchased separately.
To recap the HTC Vive Focus stand-alone VR headset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile processor and fitted with an AMOLED display offering a resolution of 2,880 × 1,600 pixels. The integrated rechargeable battery is capable of powering the headset for up to 3 hours on a single charge and no connection to a computer or smartphone is required to enjoy virtual reality applications, games and experiences.