Earlier this year, HTC teased a new standalone device that would allow users to enjoy virtual reality (VR) without having to use a separate mobile phone. In other words, the Vive Focus can be used everywhere without any PC or base stations.
The death of the HTC Daydream headset doesn't mean the end of cool standalone headsets for either HTC or Google.
Also the game developer is satisfied with HTC's new developments. The headset itself comes in a bright blue shade and includes an unusual, yet simplistic design. HTC is planning a launch only in China as of now with no official release date available yet. Meanwhile, there is also a 3.5-mm audio jack for third-party headphones.
Alvin Graylin, head of HTC's VR business in the mainland, said the version for developers will soon be available in the market and the specific price tag will also be released.
About 12 hardware partners, including 360QIKU, Baofengmojing, Coocaa, iQIYI, Nubia, and Thundercomm, announced their support for the integration of Vive Wave into their future products.
Today HTC announced a cool new completely standalone VR headset for China, and then promptly dashed hopes in the West by confirming the cancellation of the standalone headset intended for Western audiences. Just like how content can be viewed differently on a Cardboard than on a VR headset.
More than 35 global content developers have already built VR content optimized for Vive Wave, with 14 showing live demos at the Vive Developer Conference held in Beijing on Tuesday.
The company's Chinese website has details on the device, described as the "most immersive VR experience" in the world. Companies such as Microsoft Samsung and other companies have vowed to develop VR content for educational purposes.
The Vive Wave VR has been considered as "Daydream for China", referring to Google's VR platform Daydream.
As for Google's Daydream platform, while this is a step-back for their own standalone Daydream plans, it shouldn't be a major shift. Now there's only a link for developer's kits, and not a consumer-ready product.