Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

HTC announces Vive Pro with increased resolution and built-in headphones

HTC announces Vive Pro with increased resolution and built-in headphones

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.

Along with the new Vive Pro, HTC is launching the new Vive Wireless Adapter today.

It features Intel's WiGig technology, and claims to offer a premium VR wireless experience that operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band.

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.

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

HTC say details on the Vive Pro's price and release "will be made available soon".

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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.

Vive Pro customers won't have to purchase an audio kit like with the original Vive, and HTC also included dual microphones to the headset for noise cancellation. The Wireless Adapter will work with the original Vive and Vive Pro and will be available this summer.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation.

HTC has revealed new HTC Vive VR hardware at CES today. The catalog was previously presented to users in 2D, but it will now be immersive and interactive with "VR previews" that provide a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing. This will make it easier to decide if you want to download, whether it's one of 1,000 standalone titles or the 325 available for subscription. It is rumored to be named HTC Vive Pro.

There's no talk about pricing right now, but HTC promises there will be a head-mounted display (HMD) replacement plan for current Vive owners later this quarter.

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