The new accessory features a huge trackpad, two facial buttons, and two pressure-sensitive triggers. If you've already used the Vive or Sony PlayStation VR controllers in wand style, you'll feel right at home. During a 30-minute demo, I used the new hardware to do a basic procedure in a SimforHealth medical app. To be clear, this was not a classic video game like the hilarious Surgeon Simulator . The software is intended for nurses and other healthcare professionals who want to learn new techniques in a safe, guided room. This meant that I had to concentrate on periodical quizzes and answer them, which were surprisingly far beyond my comprehension.
The examiners worked for the most part perfectly. I carefully washed my hands, put on gloves and removed the (surprisingly calm and arduous) patient groups. Later, I prepared two syringes and administered some suitable doses. None of these actions would be possible with the original Vive Focus remote ̵
HTC faces the first problem with a developer initiative called Vive Wave. The company calls it a "unified platform" for users who want to port their PC-based applications and support a wide range of mobile VR headsets. The second challenge – the price – could be more difficult. We do not know how much the Vive Focus Plus costs, but for reference, the original Vive Focus costs $ 599. I therefore seriously doubt that the headset will be cheaper than the Oculus Quest when launched in the second quarter of 2019.