Vive's first standalone VR headset aimed at China

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When will this standalone VR Vive headset be released?

It looks like VR will have many chances of growing in popularity in the untethered HDM affordable (Head Mounted Device) compared to an expensive PC or, god forbid, a VR backpack.

Rumors have abounded over HTC's standalone headset since it was originally teased by the company earlier this year and so far all we've really seen is a silhouette. In fact, we know that a USA -bound and HTC-made headset in will run Daydream and use Google's WorldSense tracking in favor of Viveport and Qualcomm's setup.

The headset looks exactly the same as a standalone version announced by HTC during the Google I/O developer conference in May for us audiences.

However, this new project isn't the Google Daydream-related headset HTC is also working on, either.

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

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China regional president of Vive, HTC, Mr. Alvin W. Graylin reportedly confirmed the aforementioned news.

However, the underproduction Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor-powered Vive Standalone VR headset will specifically be launched in the Chinese market. The collaboration with Qualcomm lends the device a Snapdragon 835 chip, based on Qualcomm's all-in-one reference design. The company didn't say when the standalone headset would launch in China. Fast forward to July 2017 and HTC has announced a standalone VR headset in China, suggesting that the standalone HTC Vive VR headset will be making its debut in the United Kingdom sooner rather than later. The new headset needs no smartphone or PC to function, something that should make it cheaper and easier to adopt for many users.

When it comes to pricing, HTC has said it's determined to deliver a headset that's "affordable" in a bid to make virtual reality more accessible in the region.

Despite being announced in China, the overall design of the headset is largely unknown.

While the USA offering will be built on Google Daydream and utilize Google's WorldSense positional tracking technology, Vive's China-focused standalone will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon VR tracking tech and run on HTC's Viveport platform.

What does the standalone HTC Vive headset feature?

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