Back in May, Google announced that it was working with HTC and Lenovo on standalone headsets for their Daydream VR platform. The headsets would use Google’s WorldSense technology which allows positional tracking without any wires.
Now, Google and HTC have announced that they’ve canceled their plans to release a standalone Daydream headset, according to TechCrunch.
“We still have a great relationship with Google, but will not be bringing a standalone device to the western markets on Daydream,” an HTC spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch.
HTC says they’re focusing on a standalone VR headset for the Chinese market with the Vive Focus, which was announced at their Vive Developers Conference in Beijing.
The Vive Focus offers inside-out 6-degree-of-freedom tracking (6DoF) which HTC calls “world-scale”. You won’t need to be attached to a PC or use a phone to be able to use the Vive Focus.
The Vive Focus’ high-resolution AMOLED screen will help deliver “the best possible VR experience.” The headset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR platform and uses the Vive Wave VR open platform which offers access to the content on HTC’s Viveport.
You can read more about the Vive Focus headset on HTC’s website.
A representative from Google told Fast Company that they still plan to release a Lenovo Daydream standalone headset.