The company said at that time that it's only going to release the headset in China.
That makes flawless sense, no matter where you might be hoping to buy this immersive powerhouse, as its spec sheet includes plenty of high-end stuff. The device features a 110-degree field of view and world-scale inside-out tracking of head movement in six degrees of freedom using internal nine-axis and proximity sensors.
All that tech is self-contained, requiring no phone, computer or complicated setup to help you enter new worlds "where you are free to wander". Registered Viveport developers can order Vive Focus dev kits today. "HTC VIVE's leadership in the VR space and commitment to developing unparalleled VR player experiences made it the ideal partner for IGT's first commercialised VR solution, the Virtual Zone".
You may have no idea if you want a standalone VR headset, but there are going to be plenty of options to choose from. In turn, content released for the China market now will be available globally when HTC releases the Vive Focus overseas.
HTC built the Focus on an open VR platform called HTC Wave, which is created to "unify the development experience for standalone and mobile VR device" and also connects into Vive's existing Viveport content platform. With this screen and processor, the Focus can deliver 2880 by 1600 pixels in resolution. HTC didn't give up on standalone VR, but the company refocused its efforts towards the booming VR market in china.
To support the tournament platform, IGT published a Software Development Kit (SDK), which game designers can leverage to develop VR content for the Virtual Zone.
HTC Vive also recently announced the next generation of its tethered VR headsets, the HTC Vive Pro, which will carry a price tag of $799 when it's released.