HTC's Vive Pro makes your virtual world a whole lot clearer

HTC has announced an upgrade to the Vive, which bumps up the VR headset's resolution and gives it a new name, HTC Vive Pro.

Remember when last week, HTC did a major tease featuring a new headset with better resolution than the previous models?

The Vive Pro has two OLED screens that have a total resolution of 2880 by 1600 pixels, which is 78% more than the current model.

This afternoon HTC revealed the HTC Vive Pro, a next-level experience for virtual reality gamers. The Vive Pro now features a dial on the back of the head strap to adjust the headset rather than having to adjust velcro straps. Obviously, the main advantage of this is a larger room-scale environment to explore, but you can also use it to host more Vive headsets (or Steam VR-enabled headsets) in the same space. It also adds integrated headphones and, thankfully, still works with all the current Vive content already available. That's essentially the same as the resolution of the display used by the original HTC Vive, which delivers 2160×1200 for both eyes. Having stereo cameras on the device have the potential to provide a lot of utility ranging from a stereo view of your surroundings when you are nearing the chaperone boundaries to potential AR applications.

HTC said Vive Pro will be available to existing customers in Q1 2018, and a developer version will be available after.

HTC Vive also announced an optional Wireless Adaptor for both Vive and Vive Pro, allowing you to cut the cord from your headset and go completely wireless. This piece of equipment will operat in the interference-free 60Ghz band, says HTC, and will be up to "the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers", so says Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation.

The upgrade comes courtesy of a launch at CES, where HTC is launching two products, the Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless Adaptor, offering folks interesting in dabbling with HTC's brand of virtual reality a choice. We also have no indications of pricing on the Vive Wireless Adapter. We know that. But ads help us pay the bills. This is described as a head-mounted display (HMD) upgrade "built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users who want the best display and audio for their VR experiences".

  • Joey Payne