HTC reveals the Vive Pro upgrade and wireless adaptor

Delia Watkins
January 9, 2018

The HTC Vive Pro also comes equipped with a new head strap that's not too dissimilar from the revamped strap for the HTC Vive. 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.

"You could argue and say there are a lot of games out there, even businesses are adopting VR. but it's not almost enough". 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.

"There's a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset", said Daniel O'Brien, GM of HTC Vive, said in a statement.

HTC also introduced the Vive Wireless Adaptor, a low-latency, Intel WiGig-based wireless add-on for both the Vive and Vive Pro headsets.

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.

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The Vive Pro isn't meant to replace the existing HTC Vive, which will remain on shelves.

Vive Pro includes dual OLED displays for a wider field of view and crisp picture resolution of 2880 by 1600, a 37% increase over the current Vive HMD. For those already using a standard HTC Vive, that's a 78% increase in resolution over the same panel space. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews". It improves the UI and adds new features, and content from Vimeo can also now be accessed right through the app.

Although the overall look of Vive has not changed much, the head-strap on the Pro has also undergone a redesign, with a dial in the back that lets users adjust the fit more easily, even for who wear glasses. This piece of equipment will operat in the interference-free 60Ghz band, says HTC, and will be up to "the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers", so says Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation.

The Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with existing Vive applications as well as the company's room-scale trackers. "The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide".

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