HTC has revealed its new Vive Pro virtual reality headset.
The Vive Pro sports a redesigned chassis and improved display resolution compared to the original headset.
The new head-mounted display also includes redesigned ergonomics, and features improved weight balance and adjustment options.
HTC has also added a pair of detachable headphones to the Vive Pro, removing the need to use standalone headphones with the device.
The Vive Pro boasts a 78% increased pixel count and 37% increased pixel density over the standard HTC Vive, delivering a sharper image via two 1,440 x 1,600 AMOLED panels.
This increased display quality does come with a drawback, however, as gamers will need more powerful hardware to deliver high frames per second at this resolution.
The new headset is backwards-compatible with the previous generation of HTC Vive software, meaning customers will be able to purchase the head-mounted display as a standalone product and use their old tracking devices and controllers.
|HTC Vive Pro|
|Display||1,440 x 1,600 Dual AMOLED 3.5-inch (2,880 x 1,600 combined)|
|Field of view||110 degrees|
|Audio||Removable headphones, integrated microphones|
|Connections||USB Type-C 3.0. DisplayPort 1.2, Bluetooth|
|Sensors||SteamVR, G-Sensor, gyroscope, proximity, IPD|
|Ergonomics||Adjustable IPD, headphones, and headstrap|
Along with its Vive Pro headset, HTC revealed its Vive Wireless Adapter.
The adapter uses Intel WiGig technology to untether gamers from their PC – removing the need for a cable connection – when playing VR games and is compatible with the standard Vive and Vive Pro.
It boasts powerful video and audio transmission, running on the 60GHz band, and includes a Lithium-Ion battery which offers many hours of playtime on a charge. Latency is kept to a minimum on the wireless adapter, meaning players will not notice any input delay.
This provides true wireless VR gaming, which allows a player to move around an area without worrying about cables.
There is currently no pricing, launch date, or hardware requirements for the Vive Pro or Vive Wireless Adapter.