HTC Vive Focus Plus Announced

Judy Cobb
February 23, 2019

The Vive Focus Plus is equipped with two "6 degrees of freedom" (6DoF) controllers, and with its improved graphics and the ultimate in ergonomic comfort, the all-in-one VR system is ideal for showrooms, training simulations and virtual conferences, HTC said.

"At Vive, the announcement of Vive Focus Plus furthers our commitment to rapidly iterate and refine the VR market for both businesses and consumers", said HTC Vive's American GM Daniel O'Brien. The headset is powered by the VIVE WAVE platform, meaning that it has access to most VIVEPort content, and it's easy to port things over if they work with the PC-based VIVE.

HTC unveiled its first VR headset - the HTC Vive - in 2015 in a bid to help the company offset the impact from escalating competition in the global smartphone market.

It will arrive in 25 countries worldwide in the second quarter of 2019 and will be targeting business customers but HTC is yet to announce for how much.

According to HTC Vive, the Vive Focus Plus is also more comfortable for players to wear, with added full enterprise support to allow for extended playing sessions. It'll ship with professional features like Kiosk Mode, Gaze Support and device management tools that allow companies to remotely enroll, monitor and manage multiple headsets at once. In most of those markets, an enterprise license will be included. Members will be able to use a single account across their portfolio of VR devices when the service launches on 2 April.

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The 3K screen and 6DOF controllers position the VIVE Focus as a premium solution that seeks to deliver high-end experiences.

On the flip side, a Snapdragon 835-powered headset can't really compete with a GeForce 9800 GTX-toting PC. Thanks to cageymaru and VentureBeat for spotting the report.

The hardware inside remains relatively the same as the previous VIVE Focus.

The Taiwanese manufacturer also says that the joystick and button placements are now more ergonomic and better for four fingers and thumbs.

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