HTC has used CES 2018 to unveil a new addition to their Vive line of VR gaming headsets – the Vive Pro – offering increased resolution and built-in headphones.
This higher end model features dual-OLED displays achieving a resolution of 2800 x 1600, at 615PPI. Comparatively, the original HTC Vive launched in 2016 with a 2160 x 1200 resolution and 447PPI. The degree of field, however, remains at 110 degrees.
In a first for the company, HTC’s Vive Pro also features non-detachable, integrated headphones which use an in-line amplifier to provide “high-res, 3D spatial audio”.
From a design perspective, the reveal trailer shows more attention has been paid to comfort this time around through revamped ergonomics. This includes a new headstrap, face cushion and nose pad, with a weight redistribution that alleviates the front-heavy design of 2016’s model.
In keeping with this comfort focus, HTC also unveiled the Vive Wireless adaptor. This USB battery powered box is compatible with both the original Vive and Vive Pro, plugging into the top of the headset to eliminate the need for cords. It uses Intel’s WiGig technology which HTC claims allows for reduced latency without compromise to performance.
Lastly, to consolidate all free and paid software, HTC unveiled a revamped Viveport VR interface. This update takes their digital store to the third dimension with an interactive, air-port themed hub.
New to this update are ‘VR previews’, described as interactive experiences that allow developers to give a sense of their product without necessarily offering a demo. This rollout will also include updates to Vive Video.
The new Viveport VR and Vive Video are live today in early access, while the final release date and pricing information for the Vive Pro and wireless adaptor are yet to be announced.
Although many have voiced doubts as to the future of virtual reality, these announcements clearly show HTC’s optimism for the tech. Will you be picking up the Vive Pro, or holding out to see what the competition responds with? Let us know in the comments!