HTC Focus Getting New Features with 2.0 Update

To add some extra features to Vive Focus, HTC has launched system update 2.0. Bringing smartphones-to-headset functions, a new companion app is developed by the company. At Vive Ecosystem Conference, HTC introduced some new modifications in Vive Focus. With latest apprise of 2.0 the new characteristics of headset include ability to stream PC VR apps to headset, controller mode 6DOF and gesture input.

The update includes additional battery hours (up to four hours) for experiencing VR video content. By disabling 6DOF and allowing it to work in simple 3DOF tracking function, the above attribute can be achieved. In this way the workload is less and throwing of headset’s tracking by car or plane movement can be prevented. A pass-through video functionality is also added through which user can see what’s around him without removing the headset. To solve the memory issues HTC update 2.0 now let users to install apps directly on microSD card. Vive Focus can support cards up to 2TB where Oculus Go has the space of 32GB and 64GB and no memory expansion. This gives Focus a notable edge over Oculus Go.

A range of modifications have also took place in smartphone-to-headset features. Vive Companion app allows users with HTC smartphones to answer calls, view text messages and other notifications from their phones through headset. Having HTC’s new U12 Plus will be advantageous for its users. Their phone display can now be mirrored in Focus and it allows you to view and use existing apps in the mobile phone. The question is still awaiting that how will the user control input? Via headset or blindly using the phone’s touchscreen is the question which has to be answered.

According to HTC, headset can be controlled by smartphone as attachment to peripheral and companion controller to Focus official 3DOF controller. Vive Focus is available for China’s consumers. HTC is also selling Dev kit of headsets in West and will launch consumer version later this year.