HTC Debuts Shinier, More Expensive VR Headset

In addition to the display improvements, there are also some design changes in the Vive Pro that aim to allow users to quickly put on the headset and adjust it for maximum comfortability.

HTC say details on the Vive Pro's price and release "will be made available soon". We have yet to get hands-on experience with either the Vive Pro or the Vive Wireless adapter, but we have a demo appointment tomorrow, so keep checking PC Perspective for our updated impressions of the next generation of VR!

If the original Vive's boring-gray color did nothing for you, try this shiny shade of blue.

HTC may be announcing a new version of its HTC Vive virtual reality headset.

The company also previewed a new wireless adapter, launching this summer, which will enable wireless experiences for the Vive and Vive Pro.

The original HTC Vive stays on sale. HTC isn't saying when exactly the new Vive will be available for purchase, or how much it will cost as of yet, though. 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 Pro's total resolution will be 2880x1600, almost a 78 percent increase over the current Vive's 2160×1200.

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It also features sharper resolution, built-in headphones, a redesigned headstrap for a more comfortable fit and dual front-facing cameras.

The Vive Pro will be available this quarter as a headset upgrade to existing customers and as a standalone headset to all consumers. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews".

Past hardware, HTC introduced an update to its Viveport VR and Vive Video platform where users can discover, experience, and buy VR content.

The Vive Pro will work with the current 1.0 base stations for positional tracking, as well as Valve's previously announced but unreleased 2.0 base stations. The adaptor will ship worldwide in Q3.

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.

The Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with existing Vive applications as well as the company's room-scale trackers.

  • Regina Walsh