This essentially means the Vive Standalone can perform inside-out positional tracking - putting it in close ranks with more sophisticated VR headsets the likes of HTC's own flagship Vive and the Oculus Rift. That might be the biggest reason why HTC just announced its Vive Standalone VR headset.
HTC Vive didn't reveal many details about the newest headset.
The PC-tethered HTC Vive runs on Valve's SteamVR platform which has been a favorite among many for its highly accurate tracking system and integration with the online Steam store. In terms of potential battery life, Qualcomm already has a number of Chinese OEM partners in its headset accelerator program working on headsets that Swart says are shooting for around two hours of usage. This might be the case for the model being released in China, but the similarities between it and what we've previously seen from Google are too stark to ignore.
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Virt-A-Mate is an adults-only virtual reality sex simulator. All of the hardware is self-contained within the headset. Believe me. It's not something you'll have to worry about with HTC's standalone Vive headset on your bonce, though. IDC statistics show VR headset shipments reaching 10.1 million units this year and target 61 million units by 2020 worldwide. iResearch Consulting estimates Chinese VR market revenues to reach $8.1B in that same time frame.
The HTC Vive Consumer Edition was recently launched in India for Rs 92,990. HTC is also building a content rich library for China, similar to how it had done with the initial Vive VR launch. Not only is the device powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chip, it will also use Qualcomm's proprietary VR platform. Revealed today at the ChinaJoy entertainment expo and conference in Shanghai, announcements like how much it will cost, technical specs and when it will be released, are expected to come in the next few months.
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