But more than anything, HTC and Qualcomm's Vive Standalone, along with Oculus rumored VR device, could convince people to warm up to the VR world since high costs won't factor in their decision anymore.
Yes, it'll remove the need for an expensive PC or decent smartphone to run, but that lack of processing oomph means an overall experience that won't touch HTC Vive or Oculus Rift. Other than the Snapdragon processor inside, there is no mention of the Vive Standalone's technical specifications, overall capabilities, battery life, or even what type of input it will use.
HTC is creating a new standalone Vive VR headset specifically for the Chinese market.
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During the ChinaJoy 2017 event in Shanghai, VR pioneer HTC announced its standalone VR headset aimed at the China market. Although all-in-one VR devices would be much lower-performance in comparison, they would presumably be more affordable and thus open up VR to a broader audience. However, instead of using the Google Daydream VR platform it will utilise HTC's own Viveport for content.
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". According to a report by SuperData Research, the Gear VR is the best-selling VR headset on the market. Perhaps the biggest announcement of the first day is HTC, who launched a Vive Standalone headset. While the platform from HTC will be exclusive to China, it's likely the hardware will be similar to the reference design with Daydream.
The headset, which has been billed as a "premium" device, will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chip, the same chip found in top-of-the-range smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S8. We've reached out to HTC for clarification and will update with any new information. The company didn't say when the standalone headset would launch in China.