Vive's first standalone VR headset aimed at China

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Rumors have abounded over HTC's standalone headset since it was originally teased by the company earlier this year and so far all we've really seen is a silhouette.

Since Google, including web searches, aren't available in China due to government regulations, all content for the headset is being sourced from HTC's Viveport store. 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. Since then, an increasing number of companies are working towards making their devices compatible with Virtual Reality or VR.

The Vive Standalone will be powered by Snapdragon 835 mobile VR platform.

When it comes to pricing, HTC has said it's determined to deliver a headset that's "affordable" in a bid to make virtual reality more accessible in the region.

While we're still eagerly awaiting for the United Kingdom variant of HTC's standalone VR headset to be announced, the company has announced a standalone HTC Vive VR headset in China.

It's confirmed that the headset will not require any connection to a PC or mobile. This is how the project looks now and it was brought to market by a few Chinese companies. Though we don't know the specifics of what HTC might have modified for the configuration of this standalone unit, it likely is a mirror of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 VR hardware development kit that was announced in February. The Viveport platform was introduced by HTC sometime a year ago and offers consumers with the option of streaming VR-content at their convenience.

What is important to note is that the VR gaming experience might function better since many standalone headsets are expected to use eye-tracking technology which will concentrate the quality of VR in the user's field of vision, improving gameplay.

"China is the leading mobile market in the world today, and has the momentum to lead the global VR market as well", said HTC Vive exec Alvin W. Graylin in a statement.