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HTC launches Vive Pro for hardcore users

09 January 2018
HTC launches Vive Pro for hardcore users

In addition, HTC showed off the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which can hook onto either the original or Vive Pro and wirelessly connect to a nearby PC. The Vive Pro brings built-in audio and wireless options, and, most importantly, an nearly 80 percent boost in screen resolution. 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.

These will be available via a revamped version of the Viveport VR store.

"There's a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset", said Daniel O'Brien, GM of HTC Vive, said in a statement.

Along with potential inside-out tracking and augmented reality applications, HTC has also chose to make their device a bit freer by announcing their own wireless adapter for the HTC Vive, similar to the TPCast product.

The headphones that for the HTC Vive were a separate purchase are now included as a standard with HTC Vive Pro.

The Vive Pro, meanwhile, offers a few new bells and whistles. This device takes what the HTC Vive is and ramps every aspect up another notch.

During a CES 2018 press conference, HTC confirmed details from a leak earlier on Monday, which indicated that the Vive Pro's screen will include a combined resolution of 2880x1600 pixels. The original Vive debuted almost two years ago, and the new Vive Pro is clearly created to address some of the complaints of that earlier headset. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews". 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. This is not believed to be the fabled HTC Vive 2, however.

Vive Pro also features built-in, high-performance headphones with an in-line amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound. "The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide". Using Intel's WiGig technology, the Wireless Adaptor will be available in the summer of 2018. The system even works in environments with multiple Vive users in the same space.