HTC’s Vive Focus VR business version hits market

Taipei, Taiwan-based smartphone vendor HTC Corp., which has sought to penetrate the global virtual reality market with its Vive headset, said Friday it has launched the business version of its wireless Vive Focus model for sale in several markets.

In a statement, HTC said the business version of Vive Focus has gone on sale in markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia, and it has also rolled out a Vive Sync app, which allows companies to have meetings in a VR environment.

In November 2017, HTC unveiled the Vive Focus in Beijing as the first headset with a wireless design to actually hit the market. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, a high-resolution AMOLED display and "6-degrees-of-freedom" (6DoF) tracking.

The latest business version of the Vive Focus will be used in conjunction with the Vive Enterprise Advantage, an enterprise-grade platform, which gives business clients the flexibility and control they need to manage their software deployments and updates.

HTC also announced Friday a new Software Development Kit (SDK) for the Vive Wave VR platform, an open system and toolset which will enable easy Mobile VR content development and high-performance device optimization for third-party partners.

The SDK allows VR developers to create content for their business or customers and release it across different headsets, according to HTC.

Since the global release of the Vive VR headset in April 2016, HTC has been stepping up its VR operations in an attempt to offset its losses in the highly competitive smartphone market, but the strategy has yet to pull it out of its sales doldrums.

In October, HTC reported consolidated sales of about NT$1.31 billion (US$42.53 million), up 4.14 percent from a month earlier, stopping a four-month run of declines.

But the total was still down 78.44 percent from the same month a year earlier. In the first 10 months of this year, HTC's consolidated sales also plunged 60.11 percent from a year earlier to NT$20.91 billion.

HTC incurred a NT$2.09 billion net loss, or a loss of NT$2.53 per share in the second quarter, compared with NT$25.70 in earnings per share for the first quarter.

The first quarter profit resulted from its disposal of its smartphone ODM assets to Google for US$1 billion.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel