At the Vive Developers Conference in Beijing, one big announcement has already come to light, with the reveal of the HTC Vive Focus standalone headset. "As the VR industry leader in China, it is our duty to help reduce market fragmentation and provide content developers with more ways to make money".
The HTC Vive Focus features a high-resolution AMOLED screen alongside a Snapdragon 835 VR Platform. It also comes with a head strap like the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, and a 3 degrees-of-freedom controller along with the Vive Focus headset.
HTC has also announced the Vive Wave VR Platform. With the Vive Wave SDK, vendors can integrate accessories - be it a Leap Motion, gloves or even outside-in solutions for 6DoF input (and potentially eye-tracking solutions as icing on the cake).
The objective of Vive Wave was to provide a unified interface and set of tools for developers to provide content for the HTC Vive Focus, as well as other mobile virtual reality (VR) devices. The company also revealed that 35 developers have committed to creating software for the Vive Wave platform. Developers who are already using Unity will enjoy the added benefit of the new one-click process to publish to Viveport, along with in-app payment support starting with China. According to Graylin, China's standalone VR market's revenue share grew from 5 percent to a whopping 24 percent in Q3 alone, while mobile VR still has 50 percent revenue share in the same region, so he believes that both markets will appeal to developers across the world. Today, the company announced that the headset would be known as the Vive Focus. Other similar use cases include Second Life-like social platforms, or it can be something as simple as watching movies with friends in a virtual cinema - not an entirely new concept but now you can do so pretty much anywhere you want.
The HTC Vive Focus's release date hasn't been stated, but developers can apply for a dev kit. It's basically Google Daydream, but changed enough to be allowed into China.