HTC launches the wireless Vive Standalone

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Owners of the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive can now sample the rather cool Virt-A-Mate demo from lone developer Meshed VR. Powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, the headset features inside-out positional tracking and doesn't need a PC to run.

HTC's Vive is still one of the best virtual reality setups out there today, yet one of the most inconvenient parts about it is that it's not cheap. Moreover, the headset is heavily-speculated to come with support provided by Google's yet-to-be-launched Android O platform.

The catch? It's only coming out in China.

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HTC has only announced the standalone Vive VR headset for customers in China today. That might be the biggest reason why HTC just announced its Vive Standalone VR headset. According to a report by SuperData Research, the Gear VR is the best-selling VR headset on the market. IDC statistics show VR headset shipments reaching 10.1 million units this year and target 61 million units by 2020 worldwide. iResearch Consulting estimates Chinese VR market revenues to reach $8.1B in that same time frame. It is separate from the Google Daydream headset HTC is also developing, which is due to launch later this year.

The Vive Standalone will offer broader audiences a more affordable, yet high-quality VR experience, and will expand the Vive family beyond its industry leading PC-based VR experiences.

Dubbed the HTC Vive Standalone VR headset, it is a consumer product that is exclusive to China.

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The regional president of HTC in China had iterated that the offering will be more affordable than their current generation Vive VR headsets and will allow for the masses in China to be active in the VR scene, thanks to the company's partnership with Qualcomm. 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.

Vive was unveiled in 2015 and is a joint effort by HTC and Valve corporation to bring an optimised for room-scale VR blended with true-to-life interactions. For those of you who don't know what Viveport is, it is HTC VIVE's content platform, app store, and subscription service where customers can explore, create, connect, and experience the VR content.

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