The Vive VR headset along with the VR headsets from Oculus are some of the most popular on the market. We already know that Oculus is working on an untethered standalone version of its headset but HTC may have just beaten them to the punch. At the ChinaJoy entertainment conference in Shanghai, HTC introduced its standalone Vive VR headset. The headset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and will not require a smartphone or PC to operate. This new headset will be available in China first and use HTC’s Viveport app platform.
“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. “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.”
There’s no word on if the device will make it to the U.S. or Europe and HTC did not announce pricing for this unit either. HTC did have this to say regarding the use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 that powers this unit.
“Snapdragon 835 is designed to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC,” said Hugo Swart, senior director of product management at Qualcomm. “We are thrilled to work with HTC’s Vive team as they utilize our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem.”
The race to market these standalone VR headsets should be interesting. We’re excited to see what Oculus and others will be offering up and we’ll update you should the Vive VR standalone be announced for markets other than China.