Designed, built and delivered exclusively for business and professional users, Vive Focus 3 will soon be vying with Oculus Quest 2 for dominance in the enterprise market
➨ The new all-in-one virtual reality headset from HTC Vive costs £1,272/€1,404
➨ HTC Vive revealed Vive Focus 3 in May, alongside the PC virtual reality headset, Vive Pro 2
➨ Vive Focus 3 is being marketed as ‘the ultimate solution for business VR’
Vive Focus 3 will be available for pre-order in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region on 10 June, HTC Vive has confirmed.
The new all-in-one (or standalone) virtual reality headset from HTC Vive costs £1,272/€1,404 in the EMEA and can be pre-ordered on the device’s dedicated microsite. The US will not be running a pre-order for Vive Focus 3. General availability is scheduled for 24 June.
HTC Vive revealed Vive Focus 3 in May, alongside the PC virtual reality headset, Vive Pro 2, which is already available.
‘The ultimate solution for business VR’
Vive Focus 3 is being marketed as “the ultimate solution for business VR”. The follow-up to HTC Vive’s Focus Plus, it is designed, built and delivered exclusively for business and professional users. It is an all-in-one or untethered headset, so no PC is required to use it.
The headset boasts 5K resolution with dual 2.5K displays, a 90 hz refresh rate and an ultra-wide 120 deg FOV (field of view), according to HTC Vive.
This is also a 6DoF (six degrees of freedom) headset, making it a direct competitor for business and professional custom to Oculus Quest 2.
The redesigned controllers are easy and intuitive to use, according to HTC Vive, and are among the lightest 6DoF input devices on the market. They are also rechargeable, lasting up to 15 hours on a single charge.
HTC Vive is introducing swappable batteries with Vive Focus 3. These have been redesigned to suit the curve of the user’s head and sit at the back of the headset, bringing balanced weight distribution and better comfort in partnership with a new strap design.
HTC Vive says the battery pack can be changed in seconds, enabling continuous, long-term use, and quick charge provides 50% of battery life from just 30 minutes of charging. Also with business and professional users in mind, a new LED indicator shows colleagues and session leaders how much battery power any one user has remaining.
A new magnesium alloy frame underpins the headset that is 20% lighter and 500% stronger than traditional plastics. This should make it more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time.
Vive Focus 3 also has a wide and fine-adjustable IPD (inter pupillary distance) range, so the headset displays can be better customised for each individual user. A quick-release button and easily removable magnetic front and rear face gaskets have been introduced, to suit large-scale sessions involving multiple users.
For the audio, HTC Vive opted for new open-back speakers featuring a pair of dual drivers. These are contact-free, so users can maintain environmental awareness while staying immersed in virtual reality. A special audio privacy setting allows users to stop others eavesdropping on their private conversations.
Under the hood is a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chip, which provides twice the CPU and GPU performance and 11x the AI processing power of its predecessor used in the original Vive Focus. To maintain performance, HTC Vive combined the new chip with a copper heat pipe and cooling fan.
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