HTC adds new features to the Vive Focus 3 glasses
HTC adds new features to the Vive Focus 3 glasses

HTC is adding major updates to the Vive Focus 3 VR headset to make it more suitable for large multiplayer virtual reality games.

The Vive Focus 3 is a $1,300 non-consumer wireless headset that adds a new feature called Location-Based Entertainment, or LBE mode.

LBE mode greatly expands the headphone's tracking distance to 1,089 square metres. At the same time, an add-on called Map Sharing allows multiple headphones to share the same virtual world in the same place.

In short, these features mean that Vive Focus 3 can support group VR sessions that you can find in immersive free game areas like Zero Latency or The Void.

HTC has added other options as well. There is a mode to instantly calibrate the headset when a new user puts on the headset without a simple setup process. It is designed to help people experience it faster.

Additional helmet calibration mode allows object tracking with the Vive Focus 3 controller, including the Vive Tracker watch face. And this headset will soon support the WiFi 6E standard.

The WiFi 6E function offers many advantages. This includes lower latency and higher VR streaming bandwidth, as well as less wireless network interference.

The wider frequency range also doubles the number of devices and channels assigned to them. The company said that the helmet contains the hardware required as per the standard. Therefore, the owner of the glasses can use this function at no additional cost.

Features for location-based apps

Location-based VR entertainment - the type of entertainment where users walk with other people in an actual theater rather than standing in a stationary room - usually involves connecting headphones such as the HTC Vive to a portable backpack.

There are many drawbacks to this method, for example people spend a lot of time laying the device on their back, the back strap may not be suitable for some users, and it may make the experience uncomfortable for everyone.

Many headgear also require external tracking marks on your head. It can also be accidentally blocked by other players.

Fully autonomous systems, including tracking cameras and the computing power of head-mounted displays, could change that. It has only been around for a few years, especially the Oculus Quest, which is primarily designed for home use.

Vive Focus 3 has a similar set of functions as the Oculus Quest. But it is designed to work. This update reinforces HTC's long-standing presence in the VR gaming and entertainment market.

It could make challenging virtual reality games more interesting and practical during the coronavirus pandemic.

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