A lot more information regarding the HTC VIve Focus VR headset has been made available. It seems things are looking pretty good for this upcoming unit, as it uses the same lenses and displays as the HTC Vive Pro. For a mobile headset, that means it packs a lot more power than most people had expected at this point.
The HTC Vive Focus is a Powerful Headset
It has become evident mobile VR will remain the primary gateway for most consumers to explore this new industry moving forward. That means manufacturers will need to keep a close eye on things and venture into this mobile VR headset market whenever possible.HTC has already announced their plan to do exactly that, as their Vive Focus headset is of great interest to VR enthusiasts. Until now, we had no real idea as to what the headset had going for it under the hood, though.
That situation has now come to change, as more details were unveiled during a recent hands-on preview. More specifically, the HTC Vive Focus has no need for a smartphone whatsoever. Instead, it has built-in hardware to provide a proper VR experience to its users. It comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 1,600 x 1,400 OLD displays, and the same lenses as the HTC Vive Pro.
As such, the HTC Vive Focus will support a refresh rate of 75Hz. That is not ideal, as it may still induce simulator sickness for a lot of users. At the same time, it will take some time until we see mobile VR headsets produce a 90Hz refresh rate at that specific resolution. When that will happen exactly, is difficult to predict. The latest Snapdragon 945 CPU may make this possible sooner rather than later, though.
Compared to most other mobile VR headsets, the HTC Vive Focus will be pretty competitive. It may even come out on top of other products on the market as of right now. Whether or not this unit can live up to people’s expectations, is a different matter altogether. After all, there are a lot of questions to be answered in this regard. Until the Vive Focus gets into the hands of consumers, no one can say for sure if HTC can finally make a positive impact on the VR industry.
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