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Bigscreen: the biggest VR news from CES 2018

Lots of notable VR industry announcements at CES 2018. Here's what caught our attention:
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Bigscreen: the biggest VR news from CES 2018
By Bigscreen Team • Issue #6 • View online
Lots of notable VR industry announcements at CES 2018. Here’s what caught our attention:

HTC announces the "Vive Pro" & "Vive Focus"
This upgraded “Pro” headset doesn’t replace the existing Vive headset. It features a significant upgrade in resolution (2880x1600 pixels), built-in headphones, dual front-facing cameras, dual microphones, and support for a wireless VR streaming add-on. No price or launch date was announced.
CES 2018: Hands-On With Vive Pro And Its Megapixel Upgrade
Right before CES, HTC also announced the “Vive Focus” a 6DoF standalone VR headset, only available in the Chinese market for approximately $600. Preorders have started, with a January 2018 release date. Notably, it has a very high resolution 3K AMOLED screen.
HTC's Vive Focus Standalone Gets A Release Date And Price For China
Lenovo announces the "Mirage Solo"
This is a 6DoF standalone VR headset, containing everything you need for VR in one piece of hardware (unlike Samsung GearVR which requires a separate phone, or Oculus Rift which requires a Windows PC). Notably, it’s a 6DoF headseat which means it has full positional tracking of your head, allowing you to duck, lean, and walk around. This is unlike most mobile and standalone VR headsets, which are only 3DoF, which is only capable of tracking the rotations of your head.
This headset is part of Google’s Daydream platform, which means all Daydream VR apps will run on this headset. Priced at approximately $400 with a Q2 2018 launch, this is a very exciting headset. Pay attention!
CES 2018: Lenovo Unveils Mirage Solo Daydream Standalone VR Headset
Lucas Matney from TechCrunch tried the headset and liked the 6DoF tracking:
Lucas Matney
@DShankar 6DoF is definitely good, no drops while i was playing, but content doesnt exactly encourage you to move around much. haven't played with vive focus yet but tracking was definitely as good as santa cruz
1:46 PM - 9 Jan 2018
The Pico "Neo"
Pico, a lesser known Chinese VR headset manufacturer, announced a 6DoF standalone headset. It will have content from HTC’s Viveport mobile platform.
At Pico Neo’s $750 price tag and still somewhat squishy-feeling 6DoF-everything, it’s uncertain where the headset will land with consumers when it finally hits this spring. You can bet we’ll be following along though. – RoadToVR
CES 2018: Pico Neo 6DoF Standalone Headset to Bring Viveport Mobile Westward
Oculus partners with Xiaomi for Oculus Go
Oculus announced that Xiaomi is the official manufacturer of the Oculus Go. Couple notable points: 
  • Oculus is working with Xiaomi instead of Samsung on this new headset. Oculus and Samsung have not publicly announced any new headset or significantly furthered their relationship from the original GearVR in 2014
  • Xiaomi will release their own version of Oculus Go for the Chinese market, under the name “Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone”
  • Oculus maintains their Oculus branding on the “Go” device, unlike the GearVR which was “powered” by Oculus, but a Samsung branded device
Oculus Go is very exciting because of the magical $199 price point, making it a compelling, accessible, and affordable VR device. Unfortunately, it’s only 3DoF (rotational-only tracking) like the GearVR, and not 6DoF like the more expensive standalone headsets above or Oculus’s Rift and Santa Cruz headsets.
Darshan Shankar
Standalone VR headset with a Snapdragon 821 = 3DOF, $200 (ex. Oculus Go)

with a Snapdragon 835 = 6DOF, $600 (ex. Vive Focus)

Pick the tradeoffs. I’m glad there’s an amazing $200 standalone. This pricepoint is critical for VR to go mainstream
8:45 PM - 8 Jan 2018
CES 2018: Xiaomi to Bring Oculus Go to China Under Its Own Brand
In other news...
Aside from CES 2018 news, check out Kite & Lightning’s amazing VR experiments using the iPhone X for facial & body motion capture. Read more about our thoughts on the iPhone X and a glimpse at Apple’s AR headset.
Darshan Shankar
Just a couple years ago, achieving this fidelity of facial & body mocap would cost a studio millions of dollars

Today all you need are commodity body trackers and an iPhoneX (facial)

Amazing work @KNLstudio
7:41 PM - 10 Jan 2018
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