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HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans

09 January 2018, 01:56 | Bernard Bryant

HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans

HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans

Today at CES in Las Vegas, HTC announced 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. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals.

The new headset will also come with integrated headphones, and is created to be lighter and more comfortable than the existing Vive headset.

The new Vive Pro supports resolutions up to 2880 x 1600, which amounts to a 78 percent increase compared with the original Vive.

"Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience". We tried a prototype of this back at GDC, which had several protruding wires held together by tape, but the final version looks much more ready for use.

In addition to the new headset, HTC is also expected to announce a new wireless adapter that will support both the HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro headsets.

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The Vive Wireless Adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and offers a VR wireless experience that operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band, which means lower latency and better performance.

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.

While HTC hasn't released pricing or availability information, the Vive Pro is positioned as a more premium product, and will likely be more expensive than the original Vive, which retails for $600 after a big price cut.

HTC's update to its VR platform comes at an important time for the VR landscape.

"It's something that's really needed to help users get over the hump of things like motion sickness [sometimes caused by blurring in VR headset displays]". 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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