HTC announces Vive Pro headset, wireless Vive adaptor

HTC Will Be Sharing Important Resolution Updates For The Vive Display At CES 2018

HTC announces Vive Pro headset, wireless Vive adaptor

There's nothing wrong with the current Vive configuration.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor solves one of those issues, and will use Intel's WiGig technology, which is like a super-charged form of Wi-Fi able to shoot lots of data across the air to short distances. Our expectations of HTC's announcement were somewhat overzealous, but the company did trot out a new HMD at its CES press event. This is an increase from the original Vive's 2160 x 1200. Officials have said HTC will release a Vive 2 when it can bring "meaningful innovation" to VR. This offers a quick way for users to check out games and other VR experiences without having to commit to purchasing or downloading it. Microsoft's Windows Mixed Reality HMDs, which can run on integrated graphics, boast at least 1440 x 1440 pixels per eye. That's a 78-percent jump from the original Vive headset's screen resolution of 2160x1200. Timing and pricing wasn't divulged yet, but hopefully we'll see a price drop for the original Vive once the Pro is on the market. Designed for VR enthusiasts, the HTC Vive Pro utilises dual OLED displays to ensure high contrast and pin-sharp images with text that's actually readable. HTC's boast of improved ergonomics with the tweaked headset design sound promising given how much nicer the headset already felt with the Deluxe Audio Strap onboard.

The Vive Pro also features updated tracking sensors. The trackable space is up to 10m x 10m.

That's particularly the case for high-end VR systems like the Vive or rival Oculus Rift, a headset from Facebook's Oculus unit. On the current model, the headphones were only available as an add on. It also comes with a new head strap, which looks nearly identical to the Vive Deluxe Audio strap.

First published January 8 at 1:06 p.m. PT. Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds that existing consumers will also be able to buy the Vive Pro later this quarter. HTC redesigned the shape of the strap to offer more adjustment range for the headphones, and it reworked the rear section of the headstrap to provide additional support. HTC hasn't yet mentioned increased PC-spec requirements for this newer, higher-res Vive, however, nor about whether the Vive Pro will use any resolution-smoothing tricks for weaker PCs. HTC did not say what thier function is.

The Vive Pro will be available this quarter as a headset upgrade to existing customers and as a standalone headset to all consumers.

With the new OLED displays the HTC Vive Pro will be on par with HTC's standalone Vive Focus headset that was revealed a year ago.

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