HTC VIVE Focus Plus revealed with upgraded controllers

The Vive Focus Plus is HTC’s answer to the Oculus Quest

The Vive Focus Plus is HTC’s answer to the Oculus Quest

The original HTC Vive Focus only came with a single three-degrees of freedom (3DoF) controller that only offered rotational tracking (i.e. up, down, left and right).

HTC has announced the newest in its Vive Focus line of standalone virtual reality headsets: Vive Focus Plus, aimed at business customers. As you might have already guessed from the name, this isn't so much a successor headset as it is a beefed up VIVE Focus.

It may not be obvious judging by its looks, but the Vive Focus also features a more comfortable head rest design as well as much improved visual quality thanks to a new "next-gen" lens - no more "god rays", apparently. Alongside the normal face buttons and trackpad, the controllers include an analogue trigger that gives users the ability to control objects or interactions with pressure-sensitive input.

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HTC still isn't aiming the new standalone device at consumers, exclusively focusing on the enterprise market with this redesign. It's meant to be more portable and easier to wear than other standalone head-mounted displays (HMDs), offering more natural physical interaction like the competing PC-powered headsets. It'll ship with professional features like Kiosk Mode, Gaze Support and device management tools that allow companies to remotely enroll, monitor and manage multiple headsets at once.

Inside, it sounds like the Vive Focus Plus will have the same hardware specs as the older Vive Focus, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.

The VIVE Focus Plus will be launching at some point in Q2 2019. Pricing details haven't been announced yet, but HTC does say that the Focus Plus will be launching in 25 countries simultaneously this time around, with purchases in "most" of those markets including a free enterprise license.

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