HTC Vive Focus 3 Review: Standalone VR Done Right

The HTC Vive Focus 3 is the best standalone headset that we’ve tested. The screens are great, the performance is excellent, the field of view exceeds the competition by a significant margin, and the tracking is phenomenal. This headset has almost everything we’d like to see in a high-end consumer device. It’s a shame this isn’t for consumers.

On paper, the HTC Vive Focus 3 is easily the best VR headset in the standalone form factor (no connection to a system required) that has ever been released. It is precisely what we’d expect from a high-end VR system for gamers with deep pockets and a desire for the best of the best.

The Focus 3 ($1,300 as of writing) is the most well-equipped standalone headset that we have ever tested except for one thing: it doesn’t have a consumer-facing software marketplace, making it effectively useless for gamers and only viable for businesses or developers. HTC was clear from day one that the Focus 3 would be a business device, but it would have been nice to see a high-end competitor shake Facebook’s grasp on the standalone market.

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