HTC Vive Introduces New Vive Pro Headset, Wireless Adapter

Posted January 09, 2018

Vive Pro's new head-strap was built with enhanced ergonomics and comfort, including a sizing dial for a more balanced headset that decreases weight on the front of the headset.

Remember when last week, HTC did a major tease featuring a new headset with better resolution than the previous models?

This device has 2x OLED displays that, combined, create a single 2880 x 1600 panel.

HTC also used its keynote to announce a few updates to its Viveport platform, the most notable being that HTC Vive users can now shop for VR apps and experiences within VR.

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VR enthusiasts are still the only people likely to buy their own headset, even after HTC and Facebook's Oculus dropped prices on their flagship models.

But some other companies have started to ship VR headsets with a higher resolution. It also adds integrated headphones and, thankfully, still works with all the current Vive content already available.

A HTC Vive refresh has been touted since late 2016. Having stereo cameras on the device have the potential to provide a lot of utility ranging from a stereo view of your surroundings when you are nearing the chaperone boundaries to potential AR applications.

Vive Pro also features built-in, high-performance headphones with an in-line amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound.

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In related news, Valve will be showing off SteamVR Tracking 2.0 at CES this week, which will allow the use of four base stations.

But for those interested in owning the next step, HTC hasn't committed to exact release dates - for the Vive Pro, or for a proper successor to the now available Vive. Still, if we're looking at 1,440 x 1,600 per eye just two years on from the initial HTC Vive announcement, it won't take too long for 4K to come along. Pricing for both configurations is yet to be announced.

HTC also introduced the Vive Wireless Adaptor, a low-latency, Intel WiGig-based wireless add-on for both the Vive and Vive Pro headsets. HTC says the current Vive will remain on sale throughout 2018, and HTC will sell the Vive Pro headset standalone to existing customers this quarter.

"You could argue and say there are a lot of games out there, even businesses are adopting VR. but it's not almost enough".

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