HTC, Qualcomm partner up to develop standalone VR headset

Dora Pope
July 28, 2017

Although HTC Vive has a solid foothold on the PC VR market, the company has its eyes on the mobile VR market, too. The only reason they needed to create this headset for China is due to the fact that Google Daydream content is not permitted in China, so those customers need a different platform to access VR content.

The HTC VIVE Standalone VR headset is a yet another device of this kind to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is one of the highest-performing mobile processors available today. The graphics are always crappier and certain headsets like the Gear VR only work with specific phones. As powerful as the Snapdragon 835 may be, it still pales in comparison to the monstrous rigs required by the HTC Vive today.

The translation from the Chinese landing page names the headset the "Vive One", and states that it will be built upon the Viveport foundation, possibly negating the ability to connect to Steam altogether, as there isn't a mention of the platform anywhere on the Vive One page.

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While we're still eagerly awaiting for the United Kingdom variant of HTC's standalone VR headset to be announced, the company has announced a standalone HTC Vive VR headset in China. We've reached out to HTC for clarification and will update with any new information. However it's now only coming to Chinese markets. They offer the most immersive VR experiences, especially when coupled with motion controllers that replicate your hands in the virtual world. While Google's standalone headset will obvious use the Android-based Daydream, this Vive standalone headset will use, well, Vive. The Viveport platform was introduced by HTC sometime previous year and offers consumers with the option of streaming VR-content at their convenience.

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".

We're not quite sure how we feel about this as even though the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is an impressive processor, it can't provide the same kind of quality as a VR-ready gaming PC - and that's what all HTC Vive content thus far has been created to run on.

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