"We are thrilled to work with HTC's Vive team as they utilize our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem".
Are Companies Trying To Make Cheaper VR Headsets?This standalone version of the Vive is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, the same system-on-chip that's featured in many high-end Android smartphones. We do know that the Chinese version lacks the Google WorldSense tech that the standalone coming to the United States will boast. If true, this could make for an interesting battle between Oculus and HTC in the Chinese VR market, though admittedly, HTC already has a huge presence in China as it stands.
The China stand-alone VR headset will more than likely features Qualcomm's hardware infrastructure, but will not have anything to do with Google and its WorldSense technology.
HTC HAS UNVEILED its first standalone Vive VR headset, although it'll only be made available in China. The two firms will reportedly come together to develop a stand-alone #Vr Headset for the #Chinese Market. Crisis Action VR offers compatibility with HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and keyboard-and-mouse control options, so players are able to kill zombies or fight against real people using whatever tools they prefer.
But these headsets are expensive and require a powerful gaming PC, which is often pricey. HTC's landing page for the headset also says it will run games and other apps from Viveport, HTC's own app store.
In a statement released today, HTC explained that the idea is to build momentum within China in an effort to "lead the global VR market", which is a strategy also used by many smartphone makers.
HTC claims that the new Vive Standalone VR headset will deliver an "outstanding standalone VR experience" making it the "best-in-class premium device for this segment in the China market".