HTC announces Vive Pro headset, wireless Vive adaptor

Jan 09, 2018, 00:41
HTC announces Vive Pro headset, wireless Vive adaptor

HTC is teasing a Vive-related announcement for January 8, the day of its CES press conference.

The HTC Vive Pro will also incorporate speakers similarly to the way they are implemented in headsets from competitor Oculus Rift.

In the new Vive Video experience, a curated selection of Vimeo content will be made available to browse and view in a highly optimized native VR experiences within Vive Video-compatible headsets. The refreshed headset, which now has no price, will arrive in "Q1" of 2018, and it adds one huge upgrade, and a few small ones, to an otherwise familiar-looking Vive. The Vive stood out for its ability to let you get up and walking around, the system tracking your motion in the VR world. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide.

Thankfully, HTC says it'll continue to offer the original HTC Vive headset, at least through 2018.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation. That's essentially the same as the resolution of the display used by the original HTC Vive, which delivers 2160×1200 for both eyes.

The Vive Pro, meanwhile, offers a few new bells and whistles. The Vive Pro will go on sale later this year, most likely at a premium but we're yet to find out an actual price. Called the Vive Pro, the new headset features increased resolution over the base unit, as well as integrated audio, improved ergonomics, and various other improvements.

Built for the VR fan that wants the best, the new model will have a 2800 x 1600 OLED display (615ppi).

HTC has also added dual microphones and dual front-facing cameras which are designed for developers to take advantage of.

"Vive we truly believe is the industry standard when it comes to VR", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of the HTC Vive.

There's also a new wireless solution coming this summer. In addition, the company debuted new improvements in how VR users discover, experience and acquire VR content through a radical redesign of Viveport VR and Vive Video.

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