HTC and Google cancel United States launch of Vive-brand Daydream VR headset

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The headset's design is unusual, taking cues from both PlayStation VR and HTC's own Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, and it comes in a bright shade of blue. Then came this baffling statement from HTC shortly after the keynote: "We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the Western markets on Daydream".

In other news, HTC and Google have just announced that they will be cancelling their plans to bring the Vive-branded Google Daydream headset to the United States market.

Samsung's Gear VR built with the help of Oculus gets somewhat there, as does Google's Daydream VR platform, but you need a compatible phone for each, again incurring cost, not to mention the battery life problem each have.

Instead, the headset is powered by a program called the Vive Wave, which appears to serve as an operating system and content platform for developers to create games for the headset.

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Google had announced at the Google I/O conference in May that HTC headsets for the US market would use the Daydream tracking platform. The Vive Focus is a head-mounted display equipped with 6 degrees-of-freedom, and world-scale tracking.

So when developers port their Vive content to Vive Wave, they can choose to adopt 3DoF hand input or keep 6DoF by using additional accessories.

Developed for standalone headsets like the HTC Focus, Google WorldSense is essentially Google's way to track the world around you and apply the movement to the digital world. HTC hasn't revealed any words on the availability or the price of the Vive Focus as of yet, however, the company should reveal these details soon. As such the Vive Focus is firmly cemented between mobile-powered VR and higher-end PC-powered headsets like its older sibling the HTC Vive VR. Google hasn't exactly been seen as a serious player in the VR market, be it with its Cardboard VR nor with this new Daydream platform.

At the Vive Developer Conference 2017 event in China earlier today, HTC made a couple of important announcements. "What's more, with the new Vive Focus, we are excited to bring high-quality 6DoF VR experiences, which were previously only available on tethered devices, in a more convenient and portable form factor".

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