HTC Vive Standalone VR Headset Launched With Snapdragon 835 Chipset for China

It’s not clear if the standalone Vive VR headset will be available globally, as the HTC press announcement only makes reference to a Chinese launch.
July 27, 2017 HTC Vive Standalone VR Headset

HTC on Today announced its new virtual reality device named “Vive Standalone” at ChinaJoy 2017. HTC has announced that it is working on a premium Standalone VR headset for Chinese markets come with HTC’s Viveport as its official content platform.

HTC claims that the new Vive Standalone VR headset delivers an outstanding Standalone VR experience making it the best in class premium device for this segment in the China’s market and will run apps from HTC’s Viveport platform means it not reliant on the Google Play Store.

Vive Standalone appears very identical to the one which HTC will launch with Google in late 2017 in USA. Google has already conference on Google’s I/O developer conference, that company is working on Daydream all-in-one virtual reality headsets with partners like HTC and Lenovo.

HTC Vive Standalone is featured with Snapdragon 835 chipset includes inside-out VR positional tracking technology. While HTC and Google partnered VR headset will be built on Google Daydream and utilize Google’s WorldSense positional tracking technology.

HTC has not informed the pricing and availability of VR Headset as of now. Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC said “China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well. Partnering with Qualcomm to deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system will enable us to make premium Standalone VR widely accessible to the masses in China.”

Hugo Swart, Senior Director of Product Management at Qualcomm said “Snapdragon 835 is designed to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC. We are thrilled to work with HTC’s Vive team as they utilise our rich feature set to create exciting, new VR experiences in the first truly mobile VR headset of the Vive ecosystem.”

It’s not clear if the standalone Vive VR headset will be available globally, as the HTC press announcement only makes reference to a Chinese launch.