New VR Trend is Standalone Headset

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Most VR headsets are either tethered, or slot-in designs that use smartphones. Therefore, better experience usually comes with higher cost, such as HTC VIVE and Oculus Rift, if lower price usually comes with worse performance, such as various VR boxs on market, those which will even make you dizzy easily. Besides, high-end tethered VR headsets have perfect performance, but they also attach several cables around you, so the user’s experience is still not so good. If you want to go wirelessly, it would be much more expensive. That is why the market growth is always fast growing but no booming. Now new VR trend is coming. Headsets should become standalone with better cost-performance.

 

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One big sign of new trend was coming from Qualcomm and HTC. Qualcomm released Snapdragon 835 VR Development Kit in Feb, 2017. It is sort of like Apple’s ARKit. It is designed to help software developers create more immersive VR applications. After half of a year, HTC teased a standalone version of VR headset in China famous Expo, ChinaJoy in June, 2017. It builds on its own Viveport content platform. This headset looks like the one HTC brought to the US with Google. However, this time it does not use google’s WorldSense tacking technology, on the contrary, it utilizes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon VR tracking technology and run on its own platform. 

 

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The second sign is Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg used to tease a wireless standalone Oculus VR headset prototype in 2016. At the Oculus Connect 3 developer conference in 2016, CEO Zuckerberg showed a prototype of standalone VR. That prototype was called “Santa Cruz” and the spec should be between Samsung’s Gear VR (with mobile phone) and Oculus Rift (with desktop). After being wireless and standalone, it also showed one key technology, which was positional tracking. This technology was what converts your digital world experience into real immersive VR one. Recently, Bloomberg reported this “Santa Cruz” again in July 14, 2017, it will be launched in 2018 and aims to sell for around $200. Actually, Google is also building several standalone VR headsets with HTC and Lenovo. However, these devices are expected to be more powerful than Facebook’s one, and will likely sell for $500 or more. So… Let’s look forward to the market booming next year!!

 

Check for several temporary options:

(1) VR headset with mobile phone and other accessories

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(2) Tethered VR headset

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(3) No more wire – VR Backpack

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