HTC is creating a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 is being marketed on the back that it is VR and AR-ready from grounds-up and the newly announced Standalone Vive VR headset is based on the same mobile processor. The first Vive Standalone VR headset in China is announced at the recent Chinajoy 2017 event and it will continue using the Viveport for the content needs.

Here, we discuss all the latest standalone HTC Vive VR headset release date rumours, along with the latest design and feature news.

HTC and Qualcomm's plans suggest an emerging pattern in the VR sphere: it seems companies earnestly race to create VR headsets with more acceptable price points.

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Virt-A-Mate is an adults-only virtual reality sex simulator. Google and HTC worked together to introduce a similar standalone VR HMD earlier this year. All of the hardware is self-contained within the headset.

HTC didn't disclose how much the Vive Standalone will cost, although that should not concern you much, seeing as how the company will mainly market it in China.

Right now, mobile VR headsets are essentially just shells.

Unfortunately no information on pricing or worldwide availability has been released as yet by HTC, but as soon as information comes to light we will keep you updated as always.

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What does the standalone HTC Vive headset feature? It also makes for a cheaper gaming setup as instead of investing in a high-end PC and VR setup, all players will need is to invest in a VR headset.

Alvin W. Graylin, China regional president of Vive, HTC had this to say, "Partnering with Qualcomm to deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system will enable us to make premium stand-alone VR widely accessible to the masses in China,".

HTC's decision to target the China market first is driven by its ability to promote its custom Viveport software store in a region that does not offer Google services like the Android Play Store or Daydream. As for HTC's partnership with Qualcomm for this release, it all came down to affordability and the ability for the Snapdragon 835 to deliver enough power for VR in an affordable package.

It'll be interesting to see how HTC overcomes this hurdle in the coming months, or whether it'll change its mind and integrate Daydream support for the Western variant co-developed by Google.

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