The Vive Standalone is a self-contained virtual reality headset, without any cables. That design includes the capability for six degrees of freedom tracking (moving around a space accurately without external sensors), high resolution displays for each eye, and a full suite of graphics and digital signal processors to handle the complex workloads of VR experiences. But we also know that HTC is a smartphone company with expertise in mobility and design.
We're also still waiting for the specs, although we do have some dark images showing an apparently light and plain headset. It seems, though, that HTC is targeting only the Chinese market.
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It has just been announced that HTC and Qualcomm will be working together to produce a stand-alone VR headset exclusively for the China market. After successfully introducing one of the industry's first complete VR systems last year, the company this year revealed additional peripherals and accessories, including the Vive Tracker universal tracking device and the TPCast wireless upgrade.
This is why HTC's standalone VR headset is powered by Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with the company's proprietary virtual reality platform. HTC recently announced a new VR headset coming to China, and from what we've seen so far, it looks a whole lot like a forthcoming Daydream headset that should be available in the States later this year. Viveport is HTC's content platform app store and subscription services wherein users can explore, create, connect and experience content in VR. Without the requirement for an external PC or smartphone to operate, the Vive Standalone will utilize advanced features of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile VR platform created to support built-in VR functionality and allow developers to more rapidly release compelling content.