HTC’s enterprise-only Vive Focus makes using VR easy

CNET | 11/9/2018 | Sean Buckley
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Virtual Reality can be an incredible, unique experience -- but most of it has a painfully high barrier to entry. Most VR setups require an expensive PC and an unwieldily headset weighed down by wires and adapters. There are a few cheap, simple options, like the Oculus Go, but they don't have enough power to do anything truly interesting.

But between that expensive, unwieldy option and the cheap, less immersive alternative, a new middle ground of VR devices is emerging. Facebook's Oculus already unveiled its high-end standalone VR platform with the Oculus Quest. Now, HTC is bringing its competitor to the US market: The Vive Focus.

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Well, at least it's bringing it to US enterprise customers. Technically, the Vive Focus beat the Oculus Quest to market -- but until now, it was only available in China. But the company is now bringing the platform to the 37 new markets, including the US, as part of a push to bring VR to businesses. Thursday, the company announced the Focus would be available to developers for $599 and to enterprise customers for $748.

HTC told us a consumer version might be possible in the future, but it has no specific plans at this time -- and that's a shame, because the Vive Focus might be the most comfortable VR headset I've ever used.

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That sounds almost like a small, dismissive factor -- but ease of use and comfort are incredibly important when it comes to the VR experience. Getting into a game on the original, PC-based HTC Vive is a ballet of positioning sensors, managing rat's nest of cables, plugging in multiple connectors, syncing controllers and setting up computer software and fighting with a series of cloth head-strap to get the VR headset to fit just right.

The HTC Vive Focus? It's barely more difficult than putting...
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