The HTC Vive Focus 3 sets a new benchmark for all-in-one VR, with a smart design and some mouth-watering specs. It is the latest in HTC's range of all-in-one business-oriented VR headsets. It is also the best standalone headset. The screens are great, the performance is excellent, the field of view exceeds the competition by a significant margin, and the tracking is phenomenal. This headset has almost everything we'd like to see in a high-end consumer device. The Vive Focus 3 is the latest all-in-one virtual reality (VR) headset from HTC, successor to the Vive Focus Plus, and it’s quite something to behold.
Games and Features – It’s got a Snapdragon XR2 processor, 2.5K LCDs set to 90 Hz, HTC’s new wider lenses, a magnesium alloy frame, built-in speakers, and a swappable battery. HTC’s previous standalone headsets used Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 – Qualcomm’s 2017 flagship. Vive Focus 3 has dual 2448×2448 LCD panels. That’s the highest resolution standalone headset we know of.
Vive Focus 3 and Vive Pro 2 introduce HTC’s “new bespoke dual stacked-lens design”. HTC says the new lenses provide a clean 120-degree field of view, without introducing new distortion or blur at the edges. The headset’s battery is located in the rear section rather than in the front. That should mean a less heavy feeling headset with more balanced weight distribution. Focus 3 comes with two VR controllers. They look almost identical to the original Oculus Quest’s controllers and also contain infrared (IR) LEDs under the tracking rings.
Graphics and Processor – HTC is revamping its Vive Focus standalone virtual reality headset, adding a 5K screen, a 120-degree field of view, and a swappable battery. Like its predecessor, it’s a self-contained product that uses inside-out tracking instead of external sensors, designed for business customers. The headset uses one 2448 × 2448 panel for each eye with a 90Hz refresh rate. The Vive Focus 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR 2 processor, and with fans and cooling that could potentially boost performance, according to HTC.
It is precisely what we'd expect from a high-end VR system for gamers with deep pockets and a desire for the best of the best. With this VR headset, you will be able to have conversations with your colleagues without having to worry about people around you hearing any sensitive information. At the same time, you’re able to hear in-headset audio without being distracted by sounds from the real world.
Hardware and components- HTC Vive Focus 3's headset design is bulkier, but it's also a lot roomier. The battery pack in the rear of the headset is similar to the Quest 2's separately sold battery strap, but more sturdily made. The Focus 3 also has a more adjustable dial to fit a range of eye spacing.
This lightweight build means the Focus 3 is comfortable to wear for extended periods of time.
The Focus 3 comes bundled with a pair of new infrared controllers. The joystick in particular is a welcome addition, providing a more familiar alternative to teleportation as a means of moving around the virtual world.
The controllers are lightweight and comfortable in the hand, and the various buttons and triggers are tactile and satisfying. The arrangement of the buttons and joystick make everything easy to reach, unlike the side button on the Vive Pro controllers, for instance.
Extras and prices– Inside the box, you’ll find the Vive Focus 3 headset, two controllers, a battery, battery charger, a controller charging cable, and a standard cleaning cloth. The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the headset is how light it feels in your hands. That’s due to the new magnesium alloy chassis; the Focus 3 is 20% lighter than HTC’s previous Focus headset. It’s also 500% stronger than traditional plastic, just in case you happen to drop it. If you need a little extra power, you can always tether the headset to a VR-ready PC using HTC’s Vive Streaming Cable.
Conclusion– The Vive Focus 3 is an undeniably impressive piece of technology that addresses many of the issues that have hampered virtual reality headsets since they came to market. But is it worth the $1300 price tag? Let’s just say this headset is not meant to replace your Oculus Quest 2.
If you’re looking to strictly socialize and play games, this isn’t the headset for you. But that doesn’t mean HTC’s all-new standalone VR headset couldn’t be your day-to-day work/gaming system either. The Vive Focus 3 is a workhorse designed specifically for business use. The comfort, improved display and possible performance advantages are what could make this a more appealing headset to future VR developers.
Summary- A new all-in-one headset from HTC that sets the standard for VR gaming in the future. With strong processing power and high resolution, you can expect this headset to run most of your favourite VR games.
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