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HTC's New Vive Focus Standalone VR HMD Not Coming To the US

HTC was slated to formally introduce a standalone VR headset built on Google Daydream software this month. The device was to be built on WorldSense tracking tech, but it looks like that version of the device has been canned. HTC announced the wireless Vive Focus VR HMD at VDC in Beijing today along with their new Vive Wave VR platform.

“We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream,” an HTC spokesperson told TechCrunch.

The 6DoF standalone solution had already been announced for China and HTC will be diverting all resources to its development there. There's no word on the price, but it will likely be somewhere in the same realm as the Oculus Go which will cost $199. Vive Wave is an open platform created to ease the development and optimization of mobile VR content for third-party partners. HTC is also working with Unity to integrate Viveport into its platform so that developers can utilize the Vive Wave VR SDK.

Though the device is canceled in the US, Google and HTC will continue to be partners. Google also has plans for another wireless VR headset manufactured by Lenovo and it will be released before the year ends.

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