HTC Unveils New Higher-Resolution Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adapter


That new headset is called the Vive Pro, and instead of replacing the original Vive it will exist as a "prosumer" option for people who want the best possible experience.

We'll be trying the HTC Vive Pro at CES, so look out for our impressions soon.

Along with potential inside-out tracking and augmented reality applications, HTC has also decided to make their device a bit freer by announcing their own wireless adapter for the HTC Vive, similar to the TPCast product. We will update as we get more details. HTC is increasing the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive.

In the largest upgrade to the Viveport customer experience since launch, Viveport VR redefines how users, discover, experience and acquire VR content. These VR previews are "interactive glimpses of content that give customers a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing". It's finding an early niche in immersive attractions, where you can strap on a rented headset and wander around, dodge stormtroopers and even work up a sweat.

Viveport VR riffs on HTC's Viveport subscription service, which enables users to pay $7 per month for access to five VR titles.

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The Vive Wireless Adapter was also introduced and it's been optimised for low latency and built with Intel's WiGig Spec and a 60GHz band. This new feature will allow users to shop for their favorite VR games in the virtual world.

The Viveport shop now has more than 2,000 apps now, more than 40% being free of charge.

That's particularly the case for high-end VR systems like the Vive or rival Oculus Rift, a headset from Facebook's Oculus unit. It is rumored to be named HTC Vive Pro.

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