HTC Vive, Vive Focus Plus, Enterprise, Qualcomm, Headset, Smartphones, XR, VR, Hardware, Snapdragon

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HTC has confirmed that the new Vive Focus Plus, its latest virtual reality (VR) headset aimed at the enterprise market, will launch on 15 April for $799.

The Vive Focus Plus represents an upgrade on the Vive Focus. Their specs are similar, but the Plus model boasts duel six degrees of freedom (6DoF) controllers.

The headset also includes several professional features, including Kiosk Mode, Gaze Support, and device management tools to remotely enroll, monitor, and manage multiple headsets all at once.

The Vive Focus Plus is based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor.

The companies are working to pre-integrate and optimise mobile VR platform Vive Wave for Qualcomm’s standalone and 5G smartphone reference designs.

They aim to enable original equipment manufacturers that use select Snapdragon mobile platforms to rapidly bring Vive Wave-enabled devices to commercialisation.

“Through this collaboration, we’re working together to build and expand the ecosystem for the global XR industry by making it quick and easy to build mobile-based VR headsets.”

Raymond Pao, vice president of product and strategy at HTC Vive

Raymond Pao, vice president of product and strategy at HTC Vive, said of the partnership: “Through this collaboration, we’re working together to build and expand the ecosystem for the global XR industry by making it quick and easy to build mobile-based VR headsets.”

“Benefiting both device manufacturers and developers, this joint effort with Qualcomm Technologies serves to rapidly accelerate new VR headsets across the world and distribution points for developers through Viveport.”

“At Qualcomm Technologies, we are committed to transforming the XR industry and our collaboration with HTC Vive aims to help accelerate XR adoption for consumers,” said Hugo Swart, head of XR for Qualcomm Technologies.

“We are excited to work with HTC Vive to bring Viveport to smartphone equipment manufacturers and global operators to unleash the low latency and high speed potential of 5G and deliver unparalleled XR experiences.”