Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

HTC Announce New Vive Pro Headset And Vive Wireless Adapter

HTC Announce New Vive Pro Headset And Vive Wireless Adapter

Perhaps even more interesting is the Vive Wireless Adaptor that will work with both standard HTC Vive and Vive Pro.

What's more, the Pro has a new headstrap, dual microphones with active noise cancellation, and two front-facing cameras "designed to empower developer creativity". The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide.

Built for the VR fan that wants the best, the new model will have a 2800 x 1600 OLED display (615ppi). "Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience".

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, general manager of the Virtual Reality Group at Intel, in a statement. As for the Pro headset: release information and pricing information wasn't made available just yet. We know that it will default as a wired VR system, however, and we can nearly certainly confirm that it will not offer an improved field-of-view (FOV), thanks to the new resolution conforming to the original Vive's resolution ratio. The new displays on the Vive Pro will be a 78 percent increase in resolution over the original Vive, HTC explained at press conference on Monday.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor will feature Intel's WiGig technology to make wireless VR a reality.

The announcement certainly continues a trend in the VR industry for upgrades and improvements as the main headsets enter their second year.

Considered the largest upgrade to the Viveport platform since launch, Viveport VR will take the traditional 2D catalog and show it off will immersive and interactive previews.

And finally, HTC is updating the Viveport app store to include VR previews.

Are you hoping the arrival of the Pro will signal a much-needed Vive price cut? Consumer Technology Association forecasted Monday the VR market will see record growth in 2018 with AR/VR headsets and eyewear selling 4.9 million units in the United States in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017).

HTC's recent tease for a higher-res Vive model is coming to fruition.

Last but not least, is partnering with Vimeo for its Vive Video service.

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