HTC Unveils Sharper Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adaptor

HTC Unveils Sharper Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adaptor

The naming convention hints at what to expect. When HTC introduced the Vive, the display panels in the headset were at the cutting edge of LCD design.

It features dual OLED displays for a wider field of view, and a crisp picture resolution of 2880x1600 - a 37 percent increase over the current Vive display.

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Also worth noting are the dual front-facing cameras, one more than the current Vive, which HTC says are to "empower developer creativity". Stick close to SlashGear for more data on this front!

If the original Vive's boring-gray color did nothing for you, try this shiny shade of blue. This is described as a head-mounted display (HMD) upgrade "built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users who want the best display and audio for their VR experiences".

Sources indicate to Ars that the improved resolution will pay off particularly well for apps such as training simulations. This new headphone experience isn't exactly like the enhanced audio add-on of the past, instead taking everything up a notch with "enhanced ergonomics and comfort".

What's noteworthy is how the tweeted image has "new year's" blurred out, with the word "resolution" in complete focus and decidedly sharper - all of which hint towards the possibility of the outgoing HTC Vive model being upgraded with a pair of higher resolution panels.

Valve also announced SteamVR Tracking 2.0 which allows for four base stations and an increased range up to 10x10m.

The Vive Pro, meanwhile, offers a few new bells and whistles. The Knuckles do not as of yet have a confirmed public release.

It's a slight shame that HTC Vive hasn't jumped for a meaty 4K resolution, but seeing as even as Nvidia's GTX 1080ti would struggle to push out 4K per eye for VR, it's somewhat sensible to scale ambitions down.

Again, a price and release date for the Vive Pro were not shared; those details will be provided "soon". HTC's version will employ Intel's WiGig wireless-transmission protocol, as opposed to TPCast's use of a different 60GHz standard.

CES is just around the corner, but that hasn't stopped tech giants from making pre-CES announcements.



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