Today, HTC announced a new product which is 6DOF controller tracking add-on fire Vive Focus which would bring the 6DOF controller tracking to the device. HTC’s standalone VR headset had a great launch in China earlier this year, after which it was released as a development kit in West this year May.
The mind-blowing feature in the device which is inside-out 6DOF head tracking but the headset single controller ships with offers only 3 DOF input. HTC also announced that the Vive Focus will get its own 6DOF controller trading add-on dev kit. Developers can also submit their interest in receiving the HTC Vive Focus 6DOF controller device kit add-on starting today.
Richard Lai Tweeted, “Here is demoing the new 6DOF dual controller dev-kit for the HTC Vive Focus standalone VR headset”.
— Richard Lai (@richardlai) October 20, 2018
Vive Focus was one of the first standalone VR headsets which include inside-out 6DOF head tracking which was paired with a 3DOF Controller in a very awkward design space.
The 6DOF Controllers dev-kit for Vive Focus includes two new controller and a tracking attachment for the headsets itself. Other headset like Quest use onboard cameras to locate and track IR LEDs on the Controllers, Viva Focus already includes onboard cameras for managing its own head tracking, but the add-on suggests some other tech is being employed to track the new 6DOF controllers appear to have a looped top which likely contains hardware to support the tracking tech. That it has plans to release new headset based on Vive Wave which will include 6DOF positional tracking. The dev-kit will enable developers to build for those forthcoming device. – HTC
Previously there was an announcement made by HTC that the Vive Focus 3 DOF controller will get a 6DOF mode, but now it can be seen that 6DOF controller dev-kit is altogether different.