HTC is releasing standalone Vive VR headset in the Chinese market

Samsung Gear VR has helped put the company at the head of the VR pack with about 22 per cent of the global market

It's not clear if the standalone Vive VR headset will make it to European or United States markets however, as the HTC press announcement only makes reference to a Chinese launch.

HTC Vive's standalone VR headsets give gamers access to virtual reality Vive titles, with no need for expensive PCs tethered to the helmet. The next wave of VR innovation seems to be focused at freeing headsets from the shackles and cables, and HTC is jumping at the forefront with its new Vive standalone headset, powered by none other than Qualcomm's latest platform.

The characters can come alive by capturing and storing motion capture from off-the-shelf VR controllers like the Vive controllers or Oculus Touch controllers.

According to Qualcomm's company's developer kit, the Daydream stand-alone is headset based on the Snapdragon 835 chip, and two displays that produce a 2560 x 1440 resolution combined. Think of it as HTC's rival to Samsung's Gear VR, but you don't need a phone or a PC for HTC's to work. This new VR Headset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC, which is the company's flagship chipset.

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HTC has pulled the wraps off a new standalone VR headset that is specifically for the Chinese market.

It's confirmed that the headset will not require any connection to a PC or mobile. IDC statistics show VR headset shipments reaching 10.1 million units this year and target 61 million units by 2020 worldwide. iResearch Consulting estimates Chinese VR market revenues to reach $8.1B in that same time frame. With the Daydream headset on track for release in 2017, we wouldn't be surprised if we see something in China this year, too.

Speaking about the launch, Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President at HTC's Vive division, said: "China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well".

Regardless, even if this HTC headset is reminiscent of what Google will be announcing in the coming months, it's highly unlikely that this particular version will ever make its way to markets outside of China.

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