A trademark application for the HTC Vive Focus was found last month on September 15th, but another has just been found at the New Zealand Intellectual Property Office – HTC Vive Eclipse. Are these two names associated with the same product? A more likely scenario is that we have two separate VR headsets in the works, perhaps one tethered to a computer and one for smartphones.
Both the HTC Vive Focus and Eclipse are placed in similar categories, “Head-mounted display for computer simulated reality.” In May, HTC released the HTC Link in Japan, which is a mobile VR headset designed for the new HTC U11. It’s possible that the Eclipse is the global version of Japan’s Link and if that’s the case, it might very well launch alongside the next HTC flagship smartphone.
We also know that HTC is developing a standalone VR headset with Google Daydream. It’s listed right on their website. A name hasn’t been attached to the Daydream unit, so it could either be the Eclipse or Focus, although the Focus would be the more likely candidate as that name has been floating around for weeks.
And then we have the possibility that the Eclipse is the sequel to the original HTC Vive, which has seen a significant price cut in recent weeks, from $799 to $599. The Vive must be tethered to a relatively high-powered Windows computer and its successor could also have a wireless connection, which would solve a major sticking point with computer based VR. Whatever form the Eclipse ends up taking, I’m sure it’ll be an exciting product as HTC is arguably the leader in VR.