HTC reveals the Vive Pro upgrade and wireless adaptor
01:51, Jan 9, 2018
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Today at CES in Las Vegas, HTCannounced a new Vive VR headset, the Vive Pro, which will feature a major resolution increase over the current model, as well as built-in headphones like the Oculus Rift.
HTC has also added dual microphones and dual front-facing cameras which are designed for developers to take advantage of. We will update as we get more details.
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.
Vive Pro's new dual-OLED displays feature a resolution of 2880x1600, which is an increase of 78% over the original, bringing greater pixel density and better sharpness to the unit. Pricing info wasn't shared.
In addition, HTC showed off the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which can hook onto either the original or Vive Pro and wirelessly connect to a nearby PC. The Pro's updated headstrap includes a sizing dial for a more balanced fit on the head.
HTC were rumored to unveil their new Vive Pro headset at CES, and here we are - with the new Vive Pro aimed at fixing some of the problems that the first-gen Vive headset had.
"There's a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset", said HTC's Daniel O'Brien.
Elsewhere, HTC also announced a wireless adapter, which will work with both the Vive and Vive Pro. The adapter uses Intel's WiGig technology in the 60 GHz spectrum for low-latency connectivity.
Wireless capability could previously be achieved with third-party accessories, but HTC wants you to use Intel's tech for a more seamless experience.
"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, general manager of the Virtual Reality Group at Intel, in a statement.
Are you hoping the arrival of the Pro will signal a much-needed Vive price cut? The headset is compatible with exiting SteamVR base stations. CTA also sees U.S. revenues of $1.2 billion (roughly 10 percent year-over-year growth). To make choosing for new experiences easier, Viveport is offering consumers a VR preview mode - a bit like a trailer for virtual reality, if you will.
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