In an effort to overtake the competition, Vive recently revealed the Focus Plus, a new standalone headset that’s designed for institutions and enterprise. The Focus Plus includes a host of functions focused on managing multiple headsets at once plus upgraded lenses and a new dual control scheme to enhance the experience. Will this new 6DoF standalone headset shape VR on a commercial scale?
The Vive Focus Plus
As stated, the Focus Plus follows in the footsteps of the Vive Focus initiative that is intended specifically as an enterprise solution. Vive Focus already provides an all-in-one, out of the box VR option for businesses and the Focus Plus refines and improves upon that design. Like its predecessor, the Focus Plus isn’t tethered to a VR-ready PC and boasts features like Kiosk Mode but the single 3DoF controller on the original has been swapped out for a pair of 6DoF controllers. Focus Plus also includes Gaze Support for added interactivity.
Focus Plus Headset
At a glance, the Focus Plus looks really cool. The ergonomic, easy-to-use design is perfect for use in high traffic venues and Vive claims audiences will enjoy a much more clear and rewarding experience. The visual upgrade comes in the form of newly added Fresnel lenses that enhance visuals for the 2880 × 1600 AMOLED display and like the original Focus, the Focus Plus runs on the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. HTC claims users will experience improved clarity and more details with greatly reduced ring effects. Using the new Vive Wave platform, the familiar Viveport library of VR experiences can be accessed so users can enjoy games and other applications with ease.
6DoF or Bust
The newly updated dual 6DoF controllers are what’s really grabbing everyone’s attention. This is a significant upgrade over the original Focus controls. In addition to the obvious benefit of having two hands to work with, but the controllers also feature pressure-sensitive triggers for a more precise touch. Utilizing two controllers in this way and without the need of base stations take full advantage of the headset’s inside-out tracking capabilities.
The more immersive controls open up a new realm of possibilities for businesses, training simulations, and showroom events. The Focus Plus is positioned to become a more cost-effective option to the Varjo VR-1 and other high-end alternatives.
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The Vive Focus Plus is absolutely packed with potential. The improved controls and visual quality give businesses more to consider when it comes to VR training, virtual conferences and much more. HTC has already partnered with leaders in the VR industry like SimforHealth among others and we expect this upgraded headset will drive interest in high-end virtual reality. This VR headset is set to be available by Q2 of 2019 and we can’t wait to see how organizations use it to educate medical professionals, promote safety in the workplace and more.