HTC Unveils New Higher-Resolution Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adapter

HTC Vive Pro

HTC has announced a new version of the HTC Vive, dubbed the HTC Vive Pro, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will support the original Vive and the Vive Pro, offering an integrated VR experience courtesy of Intel's WiGig technology. The key to VR is immersion, and better resolution makes that possible. The Samsung Odyssey, which runs Windows Mixed Reality, features a display with a 2880 x 1600 pixel resolution as well, just like the new Vive Pro.

HTC seems to have concentrated on sound as much as sight with the Vive Pro, as the headset features "integrated, high-performance headphones" complete with a built-in amplifier.

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.

While the rival Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR headsets have both been trimmed significantly at various points over the last six months, the Vive has largely remained at its significantly higher RRP. It's a separate accessory to enable fully wireless VR, with interference-free 60GHz communication. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide. The headset is compatible with exiting SteamVR base stations.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Intel GM Frank Soqui.

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Beyond the blue colouring and a slightly tighter design, the Vive Pro also features a redesigned head strap, making it easier for users to resize to suit their unique noggins. The Vive Pro's headstrap includes a sizing dial so the headset is a lot more balanced, and it hopefully won't feel too top heavy at the front.

Considered the largest upgrade to the Viveport platform since launch, Viveport VR will take the traditional 2D catalog and show it off will immersive and interactive previews.

Viveport VR is available in Early Access for you to try out.

That new headset is called the Vive Pro, and instead of replacing the original Vive it will exist as a "prosumer" option for people who want the best possible experience.

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