HTC Vive Standalone VR headset lets you take virtual reality anywhere

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

When it comes to pricing, HTC has said it's determined to deliver a headset that's "affordable" in a bid to make virtual reality more accessible in the region. First, they are disconnected from a PC and don't require attachment to a desktop for processing or display output.

The headset looks exactly the same as a standalone version announced by HTC during the Google I/O developer conference in May for USA audiences.

HTC has revealed that it plans to release a standalone Vive VR headset in the Chinese market at some point in the near future.

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"Snapdragon 835 is created to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC", said Hugo Swart, Qualcomm's senior director for product management. While HTC's Daydream standalone headset will utilize the Daydream controller, it is also unclear what type of input the new Chinese standalone will utilize. It includes support from Qualcomm's inside-out positional tracking technology and a set of cameras that allows you to walk, not just look around.

The Vive Standalone will be powered by Snapdragon 835 mobile VR platform. As mentioned earlier, this is based on Snapdragon 835 chipset and it can operate without the requirement for an external PC or smartphone. While the platform from HTC will be exclusive to China, it's likely the hardware will be similar to the reference design with Daydream. According to a report by SuperData Research, the Gear VR is the best-selling VR headset on the market. With today's launch, HTC was able to beat Oculus to the punch, though it remains to be seen which company will make a standalone VR headset more widely available. HTC has partnered with Qualcomm to develop the new "premium" standalone VR headset, and said come with HTC's Viveport as its official content platform. We've reached out to Vive for clarification.

When are these standalone VR headsets being launched?

The headset appears to be cosmetically identical to the one which HTC is bringing to the USA with Google, and they are both powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

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