HTC Vive Focus Plus standalone VR headset unveiled with two motion controllers
HTC has developed an enhanced Vive Focus standalone VR headset, the Vive Focus Plus. The key change is the addition of a second motion controller thanks to improvements in the ultrasonic 6DoF tracking system.
Having a controller for both hands will make porting PC games easier as their gameplay relies on having two controllers. Most standalone VR headsets use only one controller (e.g. Oculus Go, Gear VR), but there are exceptions like the Oculus Quest.
The Vive Focus Plus is still powered by the same Snapdragon 835 chipset as the non-Plus model and it features a ď3K AMOLED displayĒ, most likely the same 2,880 x 1,600px panel. Thatís a very high resolution, it matches the $800 Vive Pro VR.
Speaking of prices, HTC did not unveil the cost of the Focus Plus, but it did say the headset will be available in Q2 this year. The original Focus launched at $600 and we donít think thereís much room for a price hike Ė while you donít need a PC or a smartphone (which would drive up the total cost), the S835 isnít exactly fast by 2019 standards.
HTC will attend the MWC to show off the new Vive Focus Plus as well as the premium Vive Pro Eye (with eye tracking).