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What we know about the HTC Vive Focus

What we know about the HTC Vive Focus

Recently, the tech giant HTC released new information regarding their upcoming standalone Virtual Reality (VR) headset from the Vive series. This could mean that its completion may not be too far away. Here’s what we know so far.

Although the standalone VR headset (based on Daydream VR) was first mentioned at Google I/O in May and again in July at ChinaJoy 2017, a more detailed update or perhaps some official declarations should be available on October 4th when the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones will be revealed.  HTC and Google have not confirmed anything yet, there is reason to believe that the new headset will be called Vive Focus, as this is the name put in the recent trademark papers HTC filed for both the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The documents say “head-mounted display for computer simulated reality”, so it is safe to say we know the name.

We don’t know much about the precise specifications and design features; however, some mysteries are not too hard to uncover. There is even an image of how the Chinese version will look like, and it’s supposed to be identical to other versions, apart from the software. While HTC is responsible for the design side of the project, tech giant Qualcomm is helping with the hardware. In fact, Google already confirmed that the VR headset will run on their Daydream platform and will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 VR platform which uses the same Snapdragon 835 chip that’s inside the HTC U11. This means that the Vivie Focus will be completely untethered – unlike the HTC Vive, which requires bulky cables that connect to a high-end PC. 

Additionally, the ability to move around freely with the VR headset should also enhance gameplay, providing a more entertainment and convenience without the need to prepare special conditions like, for example, special rooms with outside-in tracking. But it can have an interesting effect, just like Virtual Reality in general, on the games in which interaction between users plays a huge part. This is true for all kinds of social games, especially card games, in which the more you can connect with your opponents, the better you can read them. And although there are plenty of nice Android apps about poker and other casino games for your smartphone, most of them free and available in the Google Play store, VR certainly has a potential to take experiences such as reading your opponents at the poker table to the next level. While Vive Pre already has the mechanism that allows you to adjust the distance between the lenses and the user’s eyes, which maximizes the device’s field of view, while being, quite literally, the sight for sore eyes for those who need to make extra room for their glasses, there is no reason to expect any less from the new model.

There’s no guarantee that the Vive Focus will actually be making an appearance at Google’s event on October 4th, but Google has publicly stated that the first standalone Daydream VR headsets would make their debut in 2017. And then there’s always the topic of pricing. Since the Vive Focus will have a high-end processor, it’ll likely have a high-end price to go along with it. We’re hoping it’ll cost less than $300, but we expect we’ll be disappointed. 

About Nick Gray

Tech enthusiast, Android user and founder of the first HTC blog – Nick Gray has been blogging about HTC phones before most people knew what a smartphone even was. Over the years Nick has owned and tested dozens HTC devices and is constantly flashing new ROMs to his Android phones.


  1. the game of Draughts passes via a extensive variety of names and has some wonderful types. the sport given initially is English Draughts which is known as Checkers in North america. additionally given is Polish Draughts , that is performed all completed Western Europe and that is the most often performed shape of the sport in international contention.
    Draughts or Checkers
    the game of Draughts is played on a popular Chess board sixty four highly contrasting checkered squares. each player has 12 portions normally as fats spherical counters. the real shades of the portions and the board don’t actually must be pretty contrasting but they’re usually alluded to as incredibly contrasting, anyways. The board is positioned among the 2 rivals with the intention that the near right-hand corner rectangular is white for the two players (in addition concerning Chess).
    planning and goal
    darkish dependably performs first. A coin is hurled to pick which player might be dark. each participant’s pieces are set on the 12 dark squares closest to that participant. The white squares are not utilized at all in the sport – the portions simply flow nook to corner therefore continue to be on the dark squares throughout.
    The goal of the sport is to take the greater a part of the adversary’s pieces or to deliver a role with the end purpose that the rival can’t flow.
    gamers exchange to transport their very personal bit shading. Any piece that achieves the furthest edge of the board is quick delegated and is from that factor called a “Lord”. The demonstration of delegated is a physical one – some other little bit of a comparable color is positioned over the piece keeping in thoughts the end intention to apprehend it from a traditional piece.
    till the factor while a bit is “delegated”, it is able to simply flow and trap in an askew advances path. Rulers are authorised to move and trap askew advances and in opposite and are therefore extra severe and crucial than normal portions. despite the fact that, traditional portions can capture Kings.
    At anything point a bit has a rival’s piece adjacent it and the square directly beyond the rival’s piece is empty, the adversary’s piece may be stuck. inside the event that the participant has the risk to catch at the least one of the rival’s pieces, at that point the player must do as such. a bit is taken by essentially jumping over it into the empty rectangular beyond and expelling it from the board. on no account like a standard circulate, a catching pass can incorporate of some such bounces – if a bit takes a rival’s piece and the brand new position enables it to take every other piece, at that factor it ought to do as such straight away. The move completes just whilst the location of the catching piece in no way again enables it to taken any extra pieces or whilst an uncrowned piece touches base on the furthest fringe of the board and is delegated.
    inside the occasion that a couple of piece can capture, at that point the player is totally allowed to pick out which of those portions to move. In like way, if a catching piece can capture in multiple bearing, the player is permitted to pick out which route to transport in. i.e. it isn’t obligatory to move the piece or take the route that will result in the greatest variety of catches.
    at the off hazard that no catching actions are handy, at that point a normal flow is made through transferring a piece one square corner to corner.
    earlier than, the “huffing” administer became applied. For this, if a participant saw that the adversary had omitted to capture while the opportunity become open (no matter the opportunity that the culpable piece had just stuck at the least one pieces that turn), the player can spat the culpable piece before the following pass is made and it is expelled from the board. nowadays, this manage is from time to time applied. rather a participant simply calls interest to the error and the rival is compelled to make the right flow.
    Wrapping up
    the sport is received through the participant who initially figures out the way to take all his rival’s pieces or renders them not worthy to move.
    A draw occurs with the aid of knowledge whenever amid the game. on the off danger that a participant declines the offer of a draw, that participant is needed to constrain a win or demonstrate a chose advantage inner 40 of that players own actions beginning there. attracts are simply ordinary in the game of Draughts – mainly at the pleasant level of the sport.
    easy Draughts
    easy Draughts is performed on a 10 x 10 checkered board with 20 dark pieces and 20 white pieces. The pieces start on the darkish squares of the 4 strains closest to the gamers.
    the game is performed in a comparable manner to English Draughts but the pieces circulate and trap in an improved way. Delegated pieces are known as Queens. The accompanying are the more concepts:
    Un-delegated portions can just pass nook to corner advances yet can seize askew advances AND in opposite.
    A Queen moves via nook to nook crossing any number of deserted squares. In like way, at the same time as catching, a Queen can go over any number of abandoned squares prior after which afterward leaping the piece.
    Catching is mandatory and wherein there is a choice, the pass that catches the quality variety of pieces ought to be made.
    caught pieces aren’t expelled from the board until the end of a circulate. Any portions that have been caught yet no longer yet evacuated can’t be jumped another time at some point of the circulate – useless pieces body a blocked obstruction.
    a bit is simply delegated if the piece completes the proceed onward the closing square. in this manner, if a piece actions onto and stale the remaining line over the span of a catching pass, and does no longer entire at the ultimate line, it isn’t delegated.
    In rivalries, to lower the shot of attracts and make the hole actions less unsurprising, a “three-pass vote” plot is usually acquired. diverse opening groupings of three moves are composed on cards and a card is selected aimlessly to begin the sport. the game at that factor continues with white playing the fourth move. as soon as the sport is accomplished, players change sides and play a second sport with a similar beginning card. The player who accomplishes the great final results over the fit of video games is the victor.