HTC Vive Focus is an impressive stand-alone VR headset powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor.
Late last year, HTC announced Vive Focus, an independent VR headset for China. The Focus marked the end of HTC’s plans to bring an independent Daydream headset to the rest of the world, instead of seeing the company focus on its most vibrant Chinese market. The blue neon design of Focus is not subtle, but it feels comfortably in the head and feels much more ergonomic than the normal Lives. It is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, and it has a resolution of 2880 x 1600 with a refresh rate of 75 Hz and a field of view that I thought was as wide as Vive. It is charged via USB-C and the battery lasts between 2 and 3 hours, according to HTC representatives.
The most important specification of the Focus is its inside-out scan of six degrees of freedom, which allows it to move freely in virtual environments while using headphones. Like Lenovo’s Mirage Solo, this works through two front cameras that scan the world around you and translate that data into your own virtual movements.