This is the ultimate guide to the HTC Vive Focus 3. We have information on every single feature in this VR headset announced at 2021 Vivecon. How does the Vive Focus 3 stack up against other headsets like the HTC Vive Pro 2 and Oculus Quest 2?
Some of the things we cover:
- Display and other technical specs
- Unique features and improvements over the Focus 2
- How to buy the HTC Vive Focus 3
If we’ve missed anything, just comment down below and we’ll get you the answers!
How to Buy the HTC Vive Focus 3
The easiest way to purchase the Vive Focus 3 is from the HTC website directly.
HTC will also be offering the headset through other online retailers such as Amazon. As soon as those links are live, we will update this guide.
HTC Vive Focus 3 Release Date
The release date of the HTC Vive Focus 3 is June 24th, 2021. Pre-orders were available as of May 11, 2021.
Videos and Pictures
Check out some of the pictures and videos of the headset below.
The price of the HTC Vive Focus 3 is $1300 USD. That includes VIVE Business Warranty and Services.
The display on the VR headset features 2 LCD displays. The resolution of the headset is 4896×2448 or 2448×2448 per eye. This means that the headset features 5K displays quality, 2.5K each and 6 megapixels (MP). By comparison, The Vive Focus Plus has a 2.3MP display and the Quest 2 has 3.5MP.
The field of view on the headset is 120 degrees horizontal, 90 degrees vertical, and 150 degrees diagonal. This makes the field of view on the headset amongst the largest in virtual reality.
The Vive Focus 3 features dual passthrough cameras for seeing your environment.
The Focus 3 features the same display and panel as the HTC Vive Pro 2.
CPU and GPU
The HTC Vive Focus 3 contains a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 CPU. The XR2 was released in 2020. It is the same paltform that powers the Oculus Quest 2. The XR2 unlocks staggering performance improvements including twice the CPU and GPU performance and 11x the AI processing compared to the Focus 2.
The Focus 3 comes with 8 GB of RAM, which is two more than the Quest 2 does.
The HTC Vive Focus 3 comes with a 128 GB hard drive, double what the Oculus Quest 2 does. You can also install an external microSD card up to 2 TB large in order to expand the space of the Focus 3.
The Vive Focus 3 features a granular IPD adjustment on the display. You can adjust the view between 57 and 72 millimeters. An IPD dial is included on the bottom of the headset for adjustment while you are wearing the device.
The refresh rate on the headset is 120 Hz. This is equal to the Oculus Quest 2 after its most recent software update.
The HTC Vive Focus 3 features integrated audio. It has new open-back speakers featuring a pair of dual drivers, delivering immersive and true-to-life audio. They are contact-free which means users can still maintain environmental awareness while staying immersed in VR.
For peace of mind in VR meetings, a special audio privacy setting dramatically reduces the risk of sound being overheard by people nearby.
A 3.5mm audio jack is also included on the side of the headset so that you can add any HTC audio accessories you want.
Headstrap and Design
VIVE Focus 3 delivers superior comfort, with a new strap design, balanced weight distribution, and an intelligently designed curved battery pack which is swappable. VIVE Focus 3’s battery pack can be changed in seconds, allowing you to keep going on a non-stop day.
Durable and lightweight, the magnesium alloy frame of VIVE Focus 3 is 20% lighter and 500% stronger than traditional plastics. VIVE Focus 3 has a wide range and fine-adjustable Inter Pupillary Distance range, as well as a quick-release button and easily removable magnetic front and rear face gaskets – so it’s quick and effortless to swap in replacements or clean them – especially important on days when there are lots of different users.
The head strap has a quick release button so that you can take the headset off easily.
The Vive Focus 3 features a quick-swap battery that can be removed and replaced in just a few seconds. The battery lasts 6 hours on a full charge.
Quick charge features gives you 50% battery from just 30 minutes of charging, and an L.E.D indicator lets you know how much power you have left.
An active cooling fan inside of the headset ensures that your battery and device remain at ideal levels. The result of this is enhanced performance and longer VR sessions.
One peculiar decision about the battery pack is that it uses a round barrel connector instead of a traditional usb-c or mini-USB connection. You also need to remove the battery to charge it, meaning that you cannot charge and play at the same time.
The battery is kept in place with a magnetic cushion which can be removed easily.
The Vive Focus 3 has brand new controllers. The redesigned controllers are easy and intuitive to use – one of the lightest 6dof controllers on the market. Each controller has a front analog stick, two buttons, a menu button, back trigger, and index finger trigger.
Each controller lasts for 15 hours on a single charge. They are recharged with a USB-C cable instead of being battery-powered like the Oculus Quest.
Unlike the Vive Cosmos controllers which use light tracking, the Focus 3 uses infrared tracking. This is the same as the Oculus Quest 2.
Hand tracking support will be released in the future.
The Focus 3 features inside out tracking with full 6 degrees of free capabilities. There are four outward cameras on the headset.
The headset uses artificial intelligence to track your hands while they are behind your back.
The Vive Focus 3 connects to the VIVE Business AppStore. It is a curated collection of apps and tools, covering diverse areas like training, communication, visualization, and more. It’s simple to pick an app off-the-shelf, or even get in touch with the creator to tailor it for specific needs.
There is a USB-C connection on the Vive Focus 3 which can be used to connect to a PC. This allows you to play any SteamVR game on the HTC Vive Focus 3.
By default, the HTC Vive Focus 3 is a standalone headset. It requires no wired connection to any PC. However, you can connect to a PC in order to render more complex scenes and visual-intensive applications for cutting edge VR performance.
You will be required to buy the optional Vive streaming cable in order to use the PC VR connection. As soon as we have more details on what this cable is, we will let you know.. Wireless streaming features will also be available at a later date.
HTC’s operating system running on the Focus 3 is called Vive Reality 2.0. It is a user-friendly menu for enterprise users.
An enterprise app store called the Vive Business AppStore will house enterprise apps for the device. 20 apps are available at launch and over 50 developers have signed up so far.
There is a companion app for iOS and Android which is used to calibrate and setup the headset.
In the headset, you cannot buy apps and games from the interface or from the companion mobile app. You are given a web link which you must use to buy games on your desktop PC.
You can connect from the Focus 3 to your computer with a standard Oculus Link cable.
HTC allows you to play wireless VR games on a gaming PC with the included Vive Business Streaming app. There is also a companion desktop application for synchronization and setup. In the desktop application, you can adjust the streaming quality and bitrate.
The maximum resolution for wireless VR streaming is 2048 x 2048. The maximum bitrate allowed is 100 Mbps.
The HTC Vive Focus 3 features an internal fan. Unlike the Oculus Quest 2, which is largely unnoticeable, the fan in the Focus 3 can be quite loud.
What are your favorite features on the new HTC Vive Focus 3 VR headset? Comment down below and let us know if we’ve missed anything.
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