Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

HTC Unveils Sharper Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adaptor

HTC Unveils Sharper Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adaptor

Viveport is also coming as a VR experience to the Vive, letting users browse and purchase products from the store from within their Vive headset.

HTC say details on the Vive Pro's price and release "will be made available soon".

"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 Daniel O'Brien, GM of HTC Vive, said in a statement.

HTC's Vive Pro is also backwards compatible with both 1.0 and 2.0 SteamVR tracking, and you can use up to four base stations for room tracking on the Vive Pro.

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The HTC Vive isn't the only Vive headset anymore. 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.

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Also worth noting are the dual front-facing cameras, one more than the current Vive, which HTC says are to "empower developer creativity".

The new headset will also come with integrated headphones, and is created to be lighter and more comfortable than the existing Vive headset. The Vive Pro's resolution is 2880x1600 (combined), a 78% increase from the standard 2160×1200 resolution shared by the original Vive and the Oculus Rift. This is not believed to be the fabled HTC Vive 2, however.

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. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews".

As well as displays that should be more crisp than before, the Vive Pro also includes high performance headphones with a built-in amplifier to offer "a heightened sense of presence" and richer sound, according to the Taiwanese firm. Available in the second half of 2018, the adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band.

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.

The Vive Pro and the wireless adaptor are two features that may help foster more interest from mainstream consumers.

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