Today at the Vive Ecosystem Conference 2018 in China, HTC announced that the Vive Focus standalone headset will be able to wirelessly stream PC VR content from both Steam and Viveport over a 5GHz WiFi connection.

HTC says the Focus’ new streaming functionality comes thanks to an “optimized version” of the Riftcat VRidge software, an Android application which provides similar PC VR streaming functionality to smartphone shell headsets. HTC says the version of the app that’s been optimized for the Vive Focus specifically takes advantage of the headset’s higher resolution and refresh rate. The company advises that a 5GHz home wifi connection is required, which is fairly common among new wireless routers.

At the moment it isn’t entirely clear what kind of latency users can expect, or exactly how the controls are likely to work—HTC is saying that input from the Focus’ 3DOF controller will be supported, and so will Xbox controllers and “third party controllers paired to the host PC,” though it isn’t clear if that includes 6DOF controllers like the Vive Wands, nor is it clear how well PC VR games will play with the Focus’ 3DOF controller. At the conference HTC teased the ability of the 3DOF controller to work in a 6DOF mode thanks to the headset’s front facing cameras, but it isn’t known if this would be compatible with the PC VR streaming functionality. We’ve reached out to HTC for clarification.

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Surely if it all works smoothly, this would greatly expand the functionality of the headset by allowing it to access a trove of quality PC VR content, but we’ll have to wait and see as wireless streaming of PC VR content is no simple task.

Those with the Vive Focus (only available to consumers in China, and developers elsewhere, at present) can download the optimized Riftcat VRidge software via the Viveport M store starting today.

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  • kool

    It has begun!

  • Arturs Gerskovics

    Ok interesting.. and where this leave Oculus GO? :)

    • Icebeat

      yeah, I want to know it too, maybe if Carmack stops making Netflix apps we can see something interesting

    • Doctor Bambi

      From the blog link Simon posted, “With
      the work that we’ve done to Vive Focus – we prepared necessary
      groundwork to bring VRidge to other AIO headsets. Oculus Go will
      probably be the next one so stay tuned!”.

      • dk

        but it will need antylatency to use steamVR games ….or lighthouses plus a tracker plus controllers

        • Doctor Bambi

          Sounds like they’re going to have it playing steamVR games no problem so long as they support gamepad.

          • dk

            lol what ….when they say the focus supports steamVR games ….they mean u can actually move around with the 6dof and at some point there will be 6dof controllers
            playing steamVR games without head and hand tracking will be torture … forcing u to use the dk1 or the old pimax4k …the only thing it’s sort of good enough for is driving simulators


   —> vive controllers in the second video

  • VRgameDevGirl

    Can’t wait to see how this pans out.

  • impurekind

    Sounds like they’re adding a bunch of cool updates to this system after release, which is actually pretty good. I wonder if other developers are going to follow suit, because adding 6DoF, call answering, and Steam/PC streaming to the likes of Oculus Go really would be sweet.

  • Nick Cannon

    That’s pretty cool for Riftcat

  • Simon Wood

    News from the VRidge team on how to get this working…

    They also mention that they plan to support more AIO headsets in the future. Definitely great news for VR!

  • Courtney A Jeff

    I used some of that stream of steam software with the gear vr and it was cool but very buggy.,If this really works it would be so cool to play7 big level games without being hooked up to a pc and able to roam around the house or yard.Praise Jesus !

    • WhyJesusItwasTheWorkOfCoders

      Why praise Jesus they didn’t do the work here.. :/

      • jeff courtney

        Jesus designed the people.While we were sinners Jesus died for us.To not acknowledge Jesus with glory due Him is to reject the one who made you,died for your sons and loves you most.

  • LowRezSkyline

    Neat. Are they planning on releasing it in the US ever?

  • dk
  • Lucidfeuer

    Weird…a decision that makes sense from HTC, and directly to source…

  • Anthony Kenneth Steele

    No positional tracking