HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans

Gwen Vasquez
January 9, 2018

The company also showed off a wireless adapter that has been optimized for low latency. Not only does the Pro promise a massive improvement over the original Vive, the promise of a potentially wireless experience puts HTC pretty far ahead of its competitors. This will make it easier to decide if you want to download, whether it's one of 1,000 standalone titles or the 325 available for subscription.

Currently, there are no details about upgraded optics in the form of new lenses, but considering Valve's announcement of new lenses for future VR headsets, I would expect these to be included in the Vive Pro.

For instance, if they have the HTC Vive that's been out for a good year or so now, the Vive Wireless Adaptor will bring Intel's WiGig technology to the same headset that has been in the market, coming later in the year to cut that big cord.

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The new adapter looks a bit like a pair of deer antlers that lie flat on top of the Vive - antenna that deliver the content to the headset.

HTC is introducing a fairly major upgrade for its Vive platform at CES today. Those familiar with the HTC Vive will also notice how there are now two front-facing chaperone cameras, alongside dual microphones with noise cancellation.

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In good news for resolution-hungry owners of the original, HTC confirmed that the Vive Pro will be available in a headset-only SKU, and that it will remain compatible with existing HTC Vive tracking boxes and wands. This is not believed to be the fabled HTC Vive 2, however.

These advancements deliver on VR users' desire for higher resolution, improved audio, greater comfort, wireless freedom and immersive content discovery.

In addition, the company debuted new improvements in how VR users discover, experience and acquire VR content through a radical redesign of Viveport VR and Vive Video.

Vive Pro also features built-in, high-performance headphones with an in-line amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound. The adaptor will ship worldwide in Q3.

First published January 8 at 1:06 p.m. PT. Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds that existing consumers will also be able to buy the Vive Pro later this quarter.

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