HTC has announced the newest in its Vive Focus line of standalone virtual reality headsets: Vive Focus Plus, aimed at business customers.
The Focus Plus comes with two controllers capable of six degrees of freedom (6DoF) to match the headset. It's intended to be more portable and easier to wear than other standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs), offering more natural physical interaction like the competing PC-powered headsets.
One of the reasons for the new headset is comfort: business uses for VR often involve wearing the headset for longer than you might for gaming, so it needs to be as lightweight and comfortable as possible. Another is easier setup and monitoring: Vive Focus Pro includes device admin tools to manage multiple headsets at once.
Paul Brown, GM of HTC Europe, comments on the launch:
"At Vive, the announcement of Vive Focus Plus furthers our commitment to rapidly iterate and refine the VR market for both businesses and consumers.
This rollout of Vive Focus Plus leads the way for deeper immersion, more realistic training and simulation, and easier porting of experiences from PC to the standalone category."
Olivier Gardinetti, CTO of SimforHealth, adds:
"With HTC’s Vive Focus Plus providing a high-end processor and 3K AMOLED display, we are able to create realistic and immersive 3D environments for our medical and nursing simulators, providing better training outcomes for HCPs [healthcare providers] without wires or connected computers.
Moreover, the 6DOF controllers have improved the way to perform [sic] specific medical interactions that were not possible with the regular 3DOF controllers. Now, SimforHealth's simulators have a better, more comfortable user experience."
We don't have pricing on the headset yet, but it will be available to buy from Q2 this year in 25 markets including the UK, with support for 19 languages.
Vive Focus Pro will also be on display at Mobile World Congress, so we'll report back if there's any updated news from the show.