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HTC shows off all-in-one VR headset called Focus

From BBC - November 14, 2017

HTC has officially unveiled a standalone virtual reality headset called the Vive Focus.

The all-in-one gadget does not need to be connected to a computer or use a phone's screen to show images.

The move comes a month after Facebook's Oculus division unveiled plans for its own untethered headset.

HTC has not given any pricing or release dates for the Focus but did say it would initially be available in only China.

At the same time, HTC announced it had stopped working with Google to produce a standalone headset based on the search giant's Daydream technology. Lenovo is still working with Google on a headset.

Scene setting

The Vive Focus has an AMOLED screen and uses internal sensors to work out where a person is looking.

It gives users a greater ability to explore virtual scenes, as it will support six degrees of movement.

Current all-in-one headsets that use a smartphone's screen as a display typically have only four degrees of freedom - up, down, left and right.

With six, users can move their heads backwards and forwards and get a greater sense of their presence in a virtual scene.

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