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HTC’s Standalone Headset to be Called Vive Focus

The headset is still due for release later this year.

During Google’s I/O Conference earlier this year the tech giant revealed both Lenovo and HTC were working on standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs) what would use the Daydream platform. Now it seems the latter has an official name, HTC Vive Focus.

A recent trademark application noticed by LetsGoDigital shows that HTC applied at both the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUipo) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USpto) for the name last week, on 8th September.


The application was filed by Grünecker Patent und Rechtsanwälte PartG MBB in Europe, the same company that handled the HTC Vive application in 2015. While in the US HTC has dealt with the process.

HTC’s new headset is scheduled to launch by the end of 2017, powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 platform. From images released it’ll feature a 3DoF controller similar to that of the Google Daydream headset, but the big difference will be in the tracking. At the time of the first unveiling,Clay Bavor, vice president of VR at Google talked about the HTC and Lenovo headsets: “They’ll feature WorldSense for positional tracking right out of the box without any external equipment.”

The new headset has yet to receive an official price although its expected to sit between the entry level mobile HMDs like Daydream and Gear VR and the high-end PC versions.

As further details on the HTC Vive Focus and Lenovo offering are released VRFocus will keep you updated.

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