HTC Debuts Shinier, More Expensive VR Headset

Tonya Becker
January 9, 2018

This resolution increase should help with clearer text rendering and overall graphics, and the bump puts the Vive Pro beyond the Oculus Rift or Windows Mixed Reality headsets.

There was no pricing announced at the press conference for either the Vive Pro or the Wireless adapter, nor was a release date given for the Pro. One of the complaints of the original Vive was that it was hard to adjust and heavy, and you had to plug in headphones, creating another cable dangling to potentially upset your VR experience.

This device has 2x OLED displays that, combined, create a single 2880 x 1600 panel. Pro also includes dual microphones with active noise cancellation and two front-facing cameras. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will allow both the HTC Vive and the HTC Vive Pro to go wireless.

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.

As one of the first major VR headsets to hit shelves, the hardware inside the HTC Vive isn't its most compelling feature anymore. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide. There's also new 3D audio which will work with the new and original Vive base stations.

"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. That's a 78-percent jump from the original Vive headset's screen resolution of 2160x1200.

Lastly, HTC said it upgraded its native VR video player, Vive Video. These VR previews are "interactive glimpses of content that give customers a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing".

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

HTC's upgraded Vive headset is a much-needed update for the line.

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.

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