HTC announces Vive Standalone VR headset for Chinese market

Electronics giant HTC on Thursday announced a new Vive Standalone VR headset, which appears to be cosmetically identical to the one which the company is bringing with Google to the U.S. market.

However, the underproduction Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor-powered Vive Standalone VR headset will specifically be launched in the Chinese market.

It will have no wires, won’t have to be connected to a computer. The already available HTC Vive headset also doesn’t require to be connected to a PC.

HTC Vive President for China Alvin Graylin said, “China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well. Partnering with Qualcomm to deliver an easy to use and more affordable Vive VR system will enable us to make premium standalone VR widely accessible to the masses in China.”

Graylin made the announcement at China’s recently held biggest gaming event called ChinaJoy 2017 event, which attracted hundreds of thousands of people in Shanghai.

The Vive Standalone VR headset is expected to provide a more affordable, higher-quality VR experience, expanding the Vive family far beyond the company’s industry leading PC-based VR experiences.