Vive Focus VR Headset Works With New HTC U12+ Smartphone

Posted: May 25 2018, 2:37am CDT | by , in Technology News


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Vive Focus VR Headset Works with new HTC U12+ Smartphone

HTC’s U12+ smartphone and the Vive Focus standalone VR headset work together in Vive Reality Ecosystem.

HTC today held its annual Vive Ecosystem Conference (VEC2018) in China. The company unveiled how the new U12+ smartphone works together with the HTC Focus stand-alone VR headset.

With the Vive Focus System Update 2.0 the Vive Focus users are now able to receive messages, social notifications and take calls on their HTC smartphones without taking off their headset. This allows users to stay in touch with the outside world while immersed in VR. This sounds great, but US consumers still luck out as the HTC Vive Focus VR headset is not released yet here, it's only available in China.

HTC only said that the Vive Focus release date is in 2018. The Oculus Go and the Lenovo Mirage Solo in the meantime grab market share. It's hard to understand why HTC has not launched the Vive Focus in the US yet. The new HTC U12+ is available for purchase in the US on The unlocked high-end smartphone with US warranty sells for $799.99.

By updating its built-in Vive companion app, HTC U12+ users will be able to explore the first-hand experience of those integrated features, and the upgraded Vive companion app will be available in both HTC official app store and Tencent app store shortly, for all users to enable their HTC smartphones to connect with Vive Focus and PC based Vive devices.

To support the need for users to operate the device in moving vehicles, a new “Passenger Mode” is part of the system update optimized for seated VR experience or watch movies for up to four hours (originally three) without tracking constraints. With a double-click of the power button, users can activate the all new “Surroundings Mode”, to browse the space around them without taking off the headset.

In addition, this update enables the ability to install applications directly to their microSD card (up to 2TB), so users will never need to worry about running out of storage for their favorite applications. What’s more, VIVEPORT M global account on the Vive Focus now supports payments from major credit cards, allowing users anywhere in the world to purchase premium applications for the device.

Moreover, HTC has empowered the Vive Focus standalone with a host of additional innovative coming features that will enable a superior user experience. HTC demonstrated multiple applications utilizing its light gesture recognition SDK for the Vive Focus giving developers the ability to bring both hands into VR applications.

This gesture SDK will be released to registered Viveport developers in the coming weeks. Additionally, HTC teased the ability to upgrade Vive Focus’ current 3 degree of freedom (3DoF) controller to behave like 6DoF controller without the needs for any additional hardware by leveraging the device’s existing front-facing cameras and its proprietary AI computer vision technology. Also highlighted in its preview video, was the ability to stream phone screen content from the HTC U12+ to the Vive Focus enabling millions of existing mobile applications, games and video content to be enjoyed on a super-size screen vs. a 6” one.

For Vive Focus users who want to access a richer library of premium VR applications at home, HTC demonstrated the ability for PC VR content from Viveport or Steam to wirelessly stream to the Vive Focus via a 5GHz Wi-Fi network.

This is enabled by an optimized version of the Riftcat VRidge application that takes advantage of the higher resolution and refresh rate of the Vive Focus which can be downloaded on the Viveport M store today. Vive Focus users can now enjoy a library of hundreds of supported premium VR titles without any wires and without any special accessories. Users will be able to operate the PC VR applications interface either by using the standard Vive Focus controller or Xbox controller and third party controllers paired to the host PC.

“VEC2018 marks the beginning of a new chapter for HTC as we combine our heritage of innovation in the mobile sector with our industry leadership in the VR/AR field.” said Alvin Wang Graylin, China President, HTC. “The breadth and depth of innovation demonstrated here today is a clear sign of our commitment to the industry and our many partners in building a new ecosystem around the Vive Reality pillars of VR, AR, AI and 5G. The new capabilities and experiences highlighted in the event today are solving some of the biggest concerns in the market about the VR/AR industry marking a clear step forward to increasing adoption to the masses.”

Vive Focus System Update 2.0 can be downloaded on all Vive Focus devices today, and further updates are expected to release in Q3.

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