HTC Vive unveils standalone VR headset, collaboration app for the enterprise

From ComputerWorld: HTC Vive has launched a handful of enterprise-focused products, with a new standalone “mobile” VR headset, developer tools and a collaboration app that promises to connect remote employees.

The Taiwanese company last week announced that the Vive Focus head-mounted display will now ship in the U.S., following a launch in China earlier this year.

The Vive Focus is a standalone headset that functions without a PC connection, unlike the company's tethered Vive Pro device. It features similar specs to the “professional-grade” Vive Pro, with 2880-x-1600-pixel resolution. Unlike other mobile VR headsets, the Vive Focus does not require a smartphone be inserted; it relies on embedded hardware – powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 chip – supports a 110-degree field of view and lasts up to three hours on a single charge.

HTC is targeting the device squarely at business customers and is likely to underwhelm consumers, in part because of its price tag. The Focus will sell for $599 on its own, with two “Advantage” packages providing services such as two-year warranty, repairs and one-day response customer support, priced at $149.99 and $199.99.

That’s considerably higher than rival Oculus' Quest device, which ships next year with similar specs for $399 – though Facebook-owned Oculus appears to be less focused on selling to business.

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