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

If there may be one VR answer supplier that has had a mix of power and luck lately, the primary one which involves thoughts is HTC VIVE. As everyone knows, everybody has been affected by COVID-19 in a method or one other over the past two years, particularly by way of work. For this evaluation, I want to thank Thomas Dexmier – the nation supervisor of VIVE for ANZ, for arranging a digital assembly in VIVE Sync and giving me an in depth introduction to Focus 3 and the present use of VIVE Sync within the enterprise. 

VIVE Sync initially debuted in November 2018. Wanting again, HTC VIVE was very a lot heading in the right direction with this technique on the time. Evidently that many corporations needed to begin enthusiastic about working remotely because of the pandemic, which seemed to be an ideal alternative for VIVE Sync. In June 2020, VIVE Sync acquired a serious replace that allowed customers with out VR units to take part in digital conferences for the primary time, which vastly helped VIVE Sync develop its consumer base.

With out additional ado, let’s reduce to the chase.

VIVE Focus 3

In current weeks, I used to be invited to expertise the options of VIVE Sync by way of the Focus 3, a contemporary addition to the Focus line. Though time was restricted, it gave me a extra complete understanding of what VR expertise can do immediately.

Let’s check out a number of the {hardware} specs of Focus 3.

Show Twin 2.88” LCD
Refresh charge 90Hz
Decision 2448 x 2448 pixels per eye (4896 x 2448 pixels mixed)
Discipline of view As much as 120 levels
  • 2x microphones
  • 2x directional speaks
  • Hello-Res 3.5mm
Processor  Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR2
Storage 128GB with assist as much as 2TB microSD
Reminiscence 8GB
  • 4x monitoring cameras
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity sensor
  • 2x USB 3.2 Gen-1 Kind-C
  • Bluetooth 5.2 + BLE
  • Wi-Fi 6
Battery 26.6Wh (detachable & swappable)
Weight 785g


The controllers

  • Corridor sensors on Set off and Grip buttons
  • Capacitive sensors on Set off, Joystick and Thumb-rest space
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • As much as 15hrs utilization
  • Built-in rechargeable battery (USB-C)


VIVE Focus 3 is provided with a greater pair of lenses and shows than most different rivals available on the market. When it comes to sound output, along with utilizing your personal headphones by way of the three.5mm jack, VIVE Focus 3 straight integrates audio system into the gear. Such a design may also help customers to note adjustments within the exterior setting whereas experiencing the content material, avoiding any surprising conditions.

For battery life, after a 40-minute assembly with Thomas, the Focus 3 nonetheless has 60% of the battery remaining. This energy consumption stage is suitable, and on-line conferences normally require mobilising extra {hardware}, together with face and lip movement trackers (which I’ve outfitted in the course of the use).

There’s a microSD card slot

The MicroSD reminiscence card slot is on the within of the system. Along with storing extra information regionally by way of the reminiscence card, it’s also very handy for system deployment in enterprises. Help for expanded storage needs to be excellent news for moviegoers. Most VR units don’t assist storing extra information by way of expandable storage.  I’d truly contemplate taking the Focus 3 with me on my subsequent lengthy journey, immersing myself in my very own super-sized display to kill time. This needs to be much more enjoyable than operating round with a laptop computer.

Enhancements in efficiency and design

The HTC Vive Focus 3 is powered by the highly effective Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, an improve over the Vive Focus Plus’s Snapdragon 835. The up to date chipset gives noticeably improved efficiency. Due to the elevated refresh charge from 75 to 90 Hz, the visible expertise on the HTC Vive Focus 3 appears even smoother and extra lifelike.

If I bear in mind accurately, Oculus Quest 2 has solely a 90-degree subject of view (overlap), whereas Focus 3 has a full 30% extra on this space. The broader viewing angle is actually key to offering a better sense of immersion. Though the Focus 3 shouldn’t be designed for leisure, I discovered the film viewing expertise to be higher than different VR units, primarily because of the improved 5K decision and wider viewing angles. Whereas some scenes may be affected by glare, general the upper decision makes watching motion pictures a way more pleasing expertise. I’ve watched Interstellar, Inception, and plenty of different film fragments on Focus 3. In my trustworthy opinion, this headgear is ready to ship a top-notch expertise when watching movies. 

In contrast with the design of the built-in battery within the earlier generations, VIVE Focus 3 has made main changes in its construction. The principle a part of the system is positioned individually from the battery, and the burden of the system is evenly distributed to the entrance and rear ends. This design helps cut back the stress on the neck brought on by the burden of the system, and it’ll not really feel uncomfortable even in the event you put on it for a very long time.


The controller can also be quite simple to make use of. The Vive Focus 3 comes with a pair of interactive controllers that look similar to the Quest 2, besides that it expenses by way of a USB-C cable (as an alternative of fixing AA batteries), and every time It may be used repeatedly for about 15 hours after charging. It needs to be identified that, along with the normal joystick and set off, VIVE additionally added capacitive sensors to the aspect of the deal with, which makes the management strategies extra diversified.


The very first thing that struck me about VIVE Sync was how enjoyable it was. Earlier than getting into the convention room, members seem in a lounge space exterior the constructing. Customers might converse with each other precisely like they might in individual. You may nonetheless rapidly begin a non-public chat even when there are others round so that they gained’t be capable to hear you.

Creating a gathering in VIVE Sync may be very simple to do, and all of the processes may be achieved in a single go in VIVE Sync. From scene choice, venue measurement, assembly date, and period, it’s all quite simple and easy within the VR setting.

Vive Sync permits a number of individuals to take part on the identical time and share information seamlessly. Company coaching, speech coaching, teleconferencing and educating can all be carried out by way of VIVE Sync. One other power of VR is that it may possibly reveal objects in 3D. Individuals can place 3D objects within the air, show at any angle to collaborators or viewers, and may mark or draw on 3D fashions. This enables for fast affirmation of design prototype particulars and the power to share notes made throughout conferences.As well as, VIVE Sync integrates OneDrive to make sharing loads simpler amongst members. 

VIVE Sync is obtainable on a number of platforms

Maybe I’m the final individual to find that VIVE Sync shouldn’t be an unique utility to HTC’s VR units. The app can also be suitable with plenty of different VR headsets similar to Oculus Rift™, Oculus Rift™ S, Oculus Quest™, and Oculus Quest™ 2. In case you already personal considered one of these units, you possibly can truly obtain VIVE Sync straight from the App Lab. There’s additionally a “Viewer mode” in VIVE Sync which is ready for individuals who should not have a VR headset. In viewer mode, you possibly can transfer round with the “WASD” keys as in the event you have been in a 3D recreation. Nonetheless, with out the help of a headset, options similar to annotating paperwork will likely be restricted.

In VIVE Sync, you possibly can unfold three enormous screens on the identical time to show product info or coaching supplies. It’s a pity that I didn’t take a screenshot in the course of the session with Tom. Nonetheless, utilizing the pre-installed internet browser ought to be capable to obtain the identical end result by way of the demonstration. Right here, the wonderful 120 levels viewing angle has the aptitude to ship a cushty expertise when all three screens on Focus 3.

Though Focus 3 is an answer for industrial situations, it does assist Unreal Engine, Unity Software program, and SteamVR. To ensure that the PC to acknowledge Focus 3 as a suitable system, we first want to put in VIVE Enterprise Streaming to realize this process. The excellent news is that the Focus 3 may be linked to a PC by way of USB and Wi-Fi. Nonetheless, if you’d like the connection to be steady and stream in prime quality, USB-C continues to be the most suitable choice. The dangerous information is that though we are able to stream-play VR video games on Focus 3, it may possibly’t be charged concurrently by way of the identical USB cable. Perhaps this has one thing to do with the placement of the battery pack as it’s separated from the principle physique.

Some ideas

After years of improvement, it may be mentioned that the interactive expertise of the standalone VR headsets has been vastly improved. Not solely the burden and battery life are being improved, however the general expertise of immersion can also be shifting as much as a brand new stage. As a product for enterprise customers, VIVE Focus 3 with VIVE Sync undoubtedly exceeds expectations in most points of efficiency. That being mentioned, there may be room for enchancment. For instance, bump up the refresh charge from 90 to 120Hz, or, additional enhance the RAM from 8 to 10, and even 12GB if we speak with extra ambition. Personally, if they’ll contemplate including assist for USB charging whereas streaming from a PC would actually remedy my ache level. 

Once I discovered the pricing of the Focus 3, I realised it was not a product designed for particular person shoppers. The value on VIVE’s official web site on the time the evaluation package was acquired was $1,999 Australian {dollars}. Nonetheless, a fast examine of the product specs earlier than publishing reveals that the headset is now $2,499. Primarily based on my current observations, the Focus 3’s high-end configuration and regular efficiency would make it a super alternative for enterprise prospects. Nonetheless, I might not recommend the identical for private customers, even though the expertise is great when watching motion pictures and taking part in video games. As a non-business consumer, I don’t see any purpose to buy the Focus 3 at this value, and also you don’t want one to take part in VIVE Sync. In fact, if cash isn’t a difficulty, the VIVE Focus 3 will undoubtedly offer you a first-rate expertise.

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