HTC unveil Vive Pro, higher-res display, built-in headphones

Laverne Mann
January 9, 2018

Additionally, HTC announced plans to release its own Vive Wireless Adapter, which, like the TPCast, will plug into a Vive-equipped computer to broadcast its video signal wirelessly. 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 latter feature should please developers looking to create content.

The new headset has a 2880 x 1600 resolution - 3K - which for all you maths fans is a 78% increase on the existing 2160×1200 resolution, as HTC points out. We're not aware of any other 1440 x 1600 90Hz OLED displays for VR headsets, so we're pretty confident the Vive Pro features Samsung's new panels. To put the change into perspective, the original HMD featured 2,590,000 pixels that must be updated 90 times per second. Steam VR Tracking 2.0 would offer support for new base stations with a wider field of view. The trackable space is up to 10m x 10m.

The Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with existing Vive applications as well as the company's room-scale trackers. HTC expects that number to increase to 3,000 by the end of the year.

That's particularly the case for high-end VR systems like the Vive or rival Oculus Rift, a headset from Facebook's Oculus unit. It also adds integrated headphones and, thankfully, still works with all the current Vive content already available. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of the Vive Pro.

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Beyond the blue colouring and a slightly tighter design, the Vive Pro also features a redesigned head strap, making it easier for users to resize to suit their unique noggins.

Considered the largest upgrade to the Viveport platform since launch, Viveport VR will take the traditional 2D catalog and show it off will immersive and interactive previews.

This pair of headphones has a built-in amplifier and an "overall richer sound" than before. HTC did not say what thier function is. The Wireless Adapter is coming in the fourth quarter of this year, while more information on the Vive Pro's price and availability are coming "soon". The new headset would also be available as a full kit, presumably with updated base stations, later this year.

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