The Vive Standalone headset will be powered by an QualcommSnapdragon 835 processor and will first be made available throughout China sometime before the end of the year. This means that more users will be able to afford virtual reality game play, which means that the technology can gain better popularity even among gamers who can't afford or aren't interested in high-end gameplay. Think of it as HTC's rival to Samsung's Gear VR, but you don't need a phone or a PC for HTC's to work.
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 it's clear that it's marketed only at the Chinese market and won't be coming to the United Kingdom anytime soon, it signals that progress is being made in that department. While Google's standalone headset will obvious use the Android-based Daydream, this Vive standalone headset will use, well, Vive. A couple of months back, Qualcomm announced a partnership and reference design for Google's Daydream platform, a purpose-built experience for VR that extends beyond the capabilities of what Cardboard originally offered. It also makes for a cheaper gaming setup as instead of investing in a high-end PC and VR setup, all players will need is to invest in a VR headset.
HTC Vive is one of the global leaders in VR hardware, and the company appears to be doing everything it can to remain at the forefront of this emerging industry.
HTC said that content for the upcoming headset would be available through the Viveport distribution system. As for HTC's partnership with Qualcomm for this release, it all came down to affordability and the ability for the Snapdragon 835 to deliver enough power for VR in an affordable package.