HTC Vive Standalone Headset Powered by Snapdragon 835 Announced

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Yes, it'll remove the need for an expensive PC or decent smartphone to run, but that lack of processing oomph means an overall experience that won't touch HTC Vive or Oculus Rift.

However, Qualcomm is working with partners including HTC Vive to release standalone VR headsets, which can provide even better experiences with no need for a mobile phone.

The HTC VIVE Standalone VR headset is a yet another device of this kind to be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is one of the highest-performing mobile processors available today.

HTC has announced its first standalone VR headset - but for now it's exclusive to the Chinese market.

Since these devices will not use a secondary display, most companies making VR headsets are expected to endow their VR headsets with inbuilt displays, which will be superior in comparison to ones on smartphones used with VR headset now, especially since these will be made according to VR gaming needs. Although all-in-one VR devices would be much lower-performance in comparison, they would presumably be more affordable and thus open up VR to a broader audience.

We don't exactly know what OS the device will use, a similar HTC Daydream VR headset is headed to the USA running Daydream 2.0 and Android O, but it's not clear if this Chinese version does as well.

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HTC's own virtual reality app store, Viveport, will serve as the content platform for the standalone VR headset, HTC said.

"Snapdragon 835 is created to deliver superior VR experiences without the need for wires or a separate PC", said Hugo Swart, Senior Director, Product Management, Qualcomm Technologies.

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

Standalone VR headsets differ from the current options on the market in two distinct ways. Believe me. It's not something you'll have to worry about with HTC's standalone Vive headset on your bonce, though.

Game developer and publisher Pixel Wonder has launched Crisis Action VR as a Steam Early Access title, marking the debut of the studio as a virtual reality (VR) developer.

The headset will be using different tracking tech compared to what it will use when it reaches the US. The headset will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile VR platform and will utilise Viveport to deliver content.

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