HTC's Vive Pro offers resolution bump, wireless adapter, and better microphones

HTC's Vive Pro offers resolution bump, wireless adapter, and better microphones

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.

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. This upcoming adapter leverages Intel's WiGg technology to enable a wireless virtual reality experience with low latency, letting you cut the cord between the Vive and your PC.

The Vive Pro has a 2880 x 1600 dual OLED display, falling short of the rumoured 4K resolution but still 78% greater than the 2160 x 1200 original. The new headset also includes built-in headphones, a new strap to "improve balance", a second microphone to assist with noise-cancellation features, a second "stereo" outward-facing camera, and reduced headset weight. Aiming to compete with Oculus Rift as an all-in-one product, the HTC Vive Pro's new headphones offer a streamlined design that should make the new HMD more comfortable to wear over longer periods.

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HTC said Vive Pro will be available to existing customers in Q1 2018, and a developer version will be available after.

"By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel's WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers".

The new adapter will be shipping in Q3, with no price announced. "Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", Frank Soqui, GM of the virtual reality group at Intel, said in a statement. On Thursday HTC Vive teased its followers on Twitter with a cryptic images regarding a 'New Years Resolution'. While VR, which transports you to a digital world through a special headset, has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook, Google and Samsung, consumers have been slow to embrace the technology.

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

HTC has revealed new HTC Vive VR hardware at CES today. Timing and pricing wasn't divulged yet, but hopefully we'll see a price drop for the original Vive once the Pro is on the market.

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