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HTC’s Focus 3 and VIVE Sync, possibly the best option for VR in Business

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If there’s one VR solution provider that’s been both strong and lucky in recent years, the first that comes to mind is HTC VIVE. As we all know, over the past two years, everyone has been affected by COVID-19 in one way or another, especially in terms of work. We would like to thank Thomas Dexmier, his VIVE country manager at ANZ, for this review. He arranged a virtual meeting at VIVE Sync and gave us a detailed introduction to the Focus 3 and his current use of VIVE Sync in the enterprise.

VIVE Sync originally debuted in November 2018. Looking back, the HTC VIVE was very much on the right track with this strategy at the time. Needless to say, the pandemic has forced many companies to start thinking about remote work, and this seemed like a great opportunity for his VIVE Sync. In June 2020, VIVE Sync received a major he update that allowed users without VR devices to join virtual meetings for the first time, greatly helping VIVE Sync to grow its user base.

Let’s get straight to the point.

VIVE Focus 3

Over the past few weeks, we have invited you to experience the capabilities of VIVE Sync through the newest addition to the Focus line, the Focus 3. Despite my limited time, I was able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of what is possible with today’s VR technology.

Let’s take a look at some of the Focus 3’s hardware specs.

screen Dual 2.88 inch LCD
refresh rate 90Hz
resolution 2448 x 2448 pixels per eye (4896 x 2448 pixels total)
field of view up to 120 degrees
audio
  • 2x microphones
  • 2x directional speakers
  • Hi-Res 3.5mm
processor Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR2
depository 128GB with support for microSD up to 2TB
memory 8GB
sensor
  • 4x tracking cameras
  • G-sensor
  • gyroscope
  • proximity sensor
connection
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen-1 Type-C
  • Bluetooth 5.2 + BLE
  • Wi-Fi 6
battery 26.6Wh (removable & replaceable)
weight 785g

controller

sensor
  • Hall sensor for trigger button and grip button
  • Capacitive sensors in trigger, joystick, and thumb rest areas
  • G-sensor
  • gyroscope
battery
  • Up to 15 hours of use
  • Built-in rechargeable battery (USB-C)

The VIVE Focus 3 is equipped with a better lens and display pair than most other competitors on the market. As for sound output, in addition to using its own headphones via a 3.5mm jack, the VIVE Focus 3 integrates speakers directly into your gear. This kind of design helps users to notice changes in the external environment while experiencing content and avoid unforeseen circumstances.

As for battery life, after a 40 minute meeting with Thomas, the Focus 3 still has 60% battery left. This power consumption level is acceptable, and online meetings typically require more hardware to be mobilized, such as his facial and lip motion trackers (which he has equipped while in use).

Has a microSD card slot

A MicroSD memory card slot is located inside the device. Not only does it increase the amount of data stored locally via memory cards, it is also very convenient for enterprise device deployment. Expanded storage support is good news for moviegoers. Most VR devices do not support storing additional data via expandable storage. You might actually consider taking the Focus 3 on your next long trip and immersing yourself in your own giant screen to kill time. is.

Improved performance and design

The HTC Vive Focus 3 is powered by the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, which upgrades the Snapdragon 835 in the Vive Focus Plus. The updated chipset has significantly improved performance. The refresh rate has been increased from 75 Hz to 90 Hz, making the HTC Vive Focus 3’s visual experience look even smoother and more realistic.

If I remember correctly, the Oculus Quest 2’s field of view (overlap) is only 90 degrees, while the Focus 3 is over 30% wider in this area. A wide viewing angle is important for enhanced immersion. While the Focus 3 isn’t designed for entertainment, we found the movie viewing experience to be superior to his other VR devices, mainly due to his improved 5K resolution and wider viewing angles. rice field.Some scenes can be affected by glare, but the overall higher resolution makes the movie easier to see enjoyable experience. I’ve seen Interstellar, Inception, and many other movie snippets on Focus 3. In my honest opinion, this headgear can give you the best experience when watching videos.

Compared to the design of the internal battery of the previous generation, VIVE Focus 3 has made significant adjustments to its structure. The main part of the device is separated from the battery, and the weight of the device is evenly distributed between the front and rear ends. This design reduces the pressure on your neck due to the weight of the device, making it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.

controller

The controller is also very easy to use. The Vive Focus 3 comes with a pair of interactive controllers very similar to the Quest 2, but charges via a USB-C cable (instead of replacing AA batteries) and lasts about 15 hours each time. Can be used continuously. After charging. It should be pointed out that in addition to the traditional joystick and triggers, the VIVE also added a capacitive sensor to the side of the handle, making the control method more diverse.

VIVE Sync

The first thing that struck me about VIVE Sync was how relaxed it felt. Before entering the meeting room, participants will appear in the lounge area outside the building. Users can talk to each other exactly as if they were meeting in person. Even if there are other people around, you can instantly start a private him chat so you can’t hear you.

Creating a meeting in VIVE Sync is very easy and the whole process can be done in VIVE Sync at once. From scene selection, venue size, meeting dates, and duration, everything is pretty straightforward in a VR environment.

Vive Sync allows multiple people to join simultaneously and share files seamlessly. Corporate training, speech training, conference calls, and education can all be done through VIVE Sync. Another strength of VR is the ability to view objects in 3D. Participants can place her 3D object in the air, view it at any angle to collaborators and audiences, mark and draw on the 3D model. This allows you to instantly see the details of your design prototype and share any notes you make during the meeting. Additionally, VIVE Sync integrates OneDrive to make sharing between participants easier.

VIVE Sync is available on multiple platforms

I’m probably the last person to discover that VIVE Sync is not an application dedicated to HTC’s VR devices. The app is also compatible with many other VR headsets such as Oculus Rift™, Oculus Rift™ S, Oculus Quest™ and Oculus Quest™ 2. If you already own one of these devices, you can actually download VIVE Sync directly from app lab. VIVE Sync also has a “viewer mode” for those who don’t have a VR headset. In viewer mode, you can move with the “WASD” keys. in 3D games. However, not using a headset limits functionality such as annotating documents.

VIVE Sync lets you unfold three giant screens at the same time to display product information and training materials. It’s a shame I didn’t take screenshots during my session with Tom. However, using the pre-installed web browser should give the same results for the demonstration. Here, an excellent 120-degree viewing angle can provide a comfortable experience when viewing all three of his screens on the Focus 3.

Focus 3 is a solution for commercial scenarios, but supports Unreal Engine, Unity Software, and SteamVR. For your PC to recognize Focus 3 as a compatible device, you need to install VIVE Business Streaming first to perform this task. The good news is that the Focus 3 can connect to your PC via USB and Wi-Fi. However, if you want a stable connection and high quality streaming, USB-C is still your best option. The bad news is that you can stream VR games on the Focus 3, but you can’t charge it with the same USB cable at the same time. This may be related to the position of the battery pack because it is far from the main unit.

some thoughts

After years of development, we can say that the interactive experience of standalone VR headsets has been greatly improved. Not only are the weight and battery life improved, but the overall immersion has taken a new level. As a product for enterprise users, his VIVE Focus 3 with VIVE Sync definitely exceeds expectations in most aspects of performance. That said, there is room for improvement. For example, he increases the refresh rate from 90 Hz to 120 Hz, RAM from 8 to 10, or, speaking with even more ambition, he increases it to 12 GB. Personally, if I could consider adding support for USB charging while streaming from my PC, it would really put my mind at rest.

When I learned the Focus 3’s price, I realized it wasn’t designed for the individual consumer. When he received the review kit, the price on the official VIVE website was AU$1,999. However, a quick look at the product specs before going public reveals that the headset is currently $2,499. According to my recent observations, the Focus 3’s high-end configuration and solid performance will make it an ideal choice for business customers. However, despite the fact that the experience is better when watching movies and playing games, I wouldn’t recommend the same for personal users. I don’t see any reason to buy it on , and I don’t need it to participate in VIVE Sync. Of course, if money isn’t an issue, the VIVE Focus 3 definitely offers a top-notch experience.

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