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HTC VIVE Focus standalone enterprise VR headset arrives in Western markets

You'll notice we haven't said HTC in this post, with Valve working with the smartphone maker on the Vive and Vive Pro headsets, but this is a prototype VR headset made in-house at Valve it seems. This involves a new platform, hardware and software geared toward business applications.

In a surprising twist, the headset is being pitched exclusively to enterprise users, with HTC calling it "an innovative standalone headset... ideal for businesses that want a truly mobile VR experience".

The set is priced at $999, with the option of upgrading to the Vive Enterprise Advantage service package which will provide commercial licensing, dedicated support for VIVE Enterprise products, and more.

The Vive Focus uses HTC Vive's own Android-based Vive Wave platform instead of Google's Daydream.

Nearly a year after it was released in China, the HTC Vive Focus is finally available in the United States and Europe, making it a total of 37 markets (including Japan recently).


The SDK allows VR developers to create content for their business or customers and release it across different headsets, according to HTC.

HTC's standalone Vive Focus virtual reality headset, which initially launched in China, has now been rolled out worldwide.

Since the global release of the Vive VR headset in April 2016, HTC has been stepping up its VR operations in an attempt to offset its losses in the highly competitive smartphone market, but the strategy has yet to pull it out of its sales doldrums.

Vive Sync lets coworkers hold meetings in VR.

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