HTC Viveport has announced that their team will be releasing the first Vive standalone VR headset in the Chinese market. This new HMD will be equipped to deliver high performance content without the need of a PC. But HTC Vive will be releasing this standalone version through a partnership in the U.S.
The standalone headset will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset. The content itself will be accessed through HTC’s Viveport storefront having access to a variety of VR experiences. The case might be different for the U.S. standalone headset as they’ll be releasing this version in partnership with Google.
There’s no word yet on how vivid and crisp videos will be as it’s not operated through a PC with high graphics performance. We would guess if falls anywhere between a mobile VR headset and the HTC Vive in terms of output.
“China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well,” said Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive at HTC. “Partnering with Qualcomm to deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system will enable us to make premium standalone VR widely accessible to the masses in China.”
It’s also unclear on how HTC will be accomplishing their tracking technology for the headset. Usually the Vive headset requires 2 lighthouses to capture room scale but we’re expecting that the standalone version won’t come equipped with the stationary towers. It’ll be interesting to figure out.
There’s various companies that are currently in the works of releasing a headset of their own. This includes the likes of Dell, HP, Acer, and 3Glasses. They’ll be going through the Windows platform while also being untethered and away from a computer. There wasn’t any word on what the pricing will look like in China but the Google HTC standalone headset will release some time in 2017. We’re predicting that it’ll fall anywhere between $200-400 for the standalone headset. Stay tuned as we grab more information on its release.