HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones

09 January, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • HTC Vive Pro revealed at CES 2018, higher resolution and integrated headphones

At CES 2018, the firm announced the HTC Vive Pro, a premium headset with a greatly improved display resolution and a pixel density.

HTC's Vive Pro is also backwards compatible with both 1.0 and 2.0 SteamVR tracking, and you can use up to four base stations for room tracking on the Vive Pro.

A resolution upgrade is a significant step towards making VR experiences more comfortable and immersive.

The crown jewel of the headset is a massive combined resolution of 2880 x 1600, which the company claims to be a 78% increase over the current Vive.

The headset also interestingly now features dual-front-facing cameras accessible to developers, who can presumably use them for inside-out tracking and mixed reality applications.

The Vive Pro will be available this quarter as a headset upgrade to existing customers and as a standalone headset to all consumers.




While the rival Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR headsets have both been trimmed significantly at various points over the last six months, the Vive has largely remained at its significantly higher RRP.

This we do have a rough release date for, with worldwide release to customers in Q3 of this year.

"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. Unlike any other platform, you'll be able to demo VR games in the VR world through the Vive headset prior to purchasing a title. The Vive Pro's headstrap includes a sizing dial so the headset is a lot more balanced, and it hopefully won't feel too top heavy at the front. It offers a fully interactive preview of content instead of the usual 2D catalog.

Viveport VR is available in Early Access for you to try out.

"Vive we truly believe is the industry standard when it comes to VR", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of the HTC Vive.

Built for the VR fan that wants the best, the new model will have a 2800 x 1600 OLED display (615ppi). It also adds integrated headphones and, thankfully, still works with all the current Vive content already available.

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