HTC unveils Vive Pro VR headset

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.

Specifications

HTC Vive Pro
Display 1,440 x 1,600 Dual AMOLED 3.5-inch (2,880 x 1,600 combined)
Refresh Rate 90Hz
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

Wireless VR

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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.

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