HTC & Qualcomm Collaborate on Stand-Alone VR Headset

HTC's Standalone Vive VR headset won't require a high-end PC but will still likely be pricey

HTC's Standalone Vive VR headset won't require a high-end PC but will still likely be pricey

HTC has finally revealed its first standalone virtual reality headset at an event in Shanghai, China.

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.

HTC's Vive is still one of the best virtual reality setups out there today, yet one of the most inconvenient parts about it is that it's not cheap.

HTC has pulled the wraps off a new standalone VR headset that is specifically for the Chinese market.

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The HTC Vive Standalone is tagged as a premium VR headset and powering the headset is the Snapdragon 835 chipset.

HTC plans to launch a standalone Vive VR headset, built using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 VR mobile platform, in China initially, according to a company announcement. Previously, HTC launched a VR headset only for Japan, and it was compatible with the HTC U11 smartphone. Although all-in-one VR devices would be much lower-performance in comparison, they would presumably be more affordable and thus open up VR to a broader audience. A couple of months back, Qualcomm announced a partnership and reference design for Google's Daydream platform, a purpose-built experience for VR that extends beyond the capabilities of what Cardboard originally offered. That, coupled with HTC and Qualcomm's VR software, means this is probably going to be a pretty powerful headset.

HTC, on the other hand, enjoys a fan base in China and a headset independent of a smartphone or a PC is certainly an interesting piece of a device from consumer's point of view. Both companies are already working on VR headsets with Google for the western markets. Here's all you need to know about the first Vive standalone visor, set to be a China exclusive, including news on the release of global headsets and supported games. It looks much sturdier with a head-strap akin to that used by the PlayStation VR headset, the VR headset with, in our opinion, the most comfortable fit of all VR headsets now on the market.

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