HTC Announces Beefed-Up Vive VR Headset

Created to build on the success of HTC's original Vive, the Vive Pro includes a range of improvements starting with the display: The 2,160 x 1,200 OLED display of the original Vive design, offering a density of 448 pixels per inch, is upgraded to 2,880 x 1,600 AMOLED at 615 pixels per inch while retaining the same 90Hz refresh rate. While these options were available in the original with the help of a kit, now these are built into the Vive Pro. HTC is offering six months of free Viveport subscription with a purchase of Vive Pro by June 3.

First-time buyers who are interested in the Vive Pro will have to purchase the touch controllers and base stations separately, a proposition that significantly adds to the cost. HTC said in its initial January announcement that the individual headset would be sold first in Q1 2018 with a full bundle planned later this year.

Let us know what you think about the HTC Vive Pro and whether or not this is something that you are interested in getting. Although you can get a wireless adapter for both the Vive or Vive Pro, they still require a supported PC to function.

"With the Vive Pro we are delivering the best quality display and visual experience to the most discerning VR enthusiasts".

Priced at $799, the new headset is a drop-in replacement for the older Vive in VR setups which are already equipped with HTC's lighthouse tracking beacons and controllers.

The original HTC Vive will be reduced by $100 to $499.99. The new hardware also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier and noise cancellation.

No price is available for buying the Pro in a kit form just yet, so only the headset is available for pre-order. Although it will more than likely not come near the performance and capabilities of its tethered alternatives, it should more than likely make a splash that will pressure the defaulted elimination of all cables in the future (and a more affordable VR market).

  • Joey Payne