According to German VR publications VRNerds, HTC is set to debut a new "Vive Pro", a refresh of their VR headset featuring an improved resolution of 2,880 × 1,600 (compared to the 2,180 × 1,200 of the original) bringing 76% more pixels into the mix with a solid 3K resolution. This device is the premium experience missing from the VR market today - up to the next level in every way.
While it keeps the same shape as the basic Vive, the Pro comes in a new blue shell and, more importantly, has built-in headphones, dual mics and an amplifier, promising to offer some nice 3D spatial audio.
The company also announced a Vive Wireless Adapter. The new headset boasts 4,608,000 pixels to fill, which is a 78% increase.
The Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with existing Vive applications as well as the company's room-scale trackers. The new system also supports two extra base stations (for a total of four) and play areas as large as 10m x 10m.
Viveport's president, Rikard Steiber told his CES audience that he expected the number of experiences available on the platform to rise from 2,000 to 3,000 by the end of 2018. 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 USA in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017). Last year, HTC released the Deluxe Audio Head Strap upgrade for the original Vive, which featured rigid construction and integrated headphones, both of which were major improvements to the overall package.
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. The original HTC Vive headset features a display that is capable of displaying just 2160 x 1200 pixel images. HTC did not say what thier function is.
The Vive Pro will be available this quarter as a headset upgrade to existing customers and as a standalone headset to all consumers.
The aptly titled Vive Wireless Adaptor uses Intel WiGig technology and runs on the 60 Ghz band, which HTC describes as "interference-free" and will, as a result, provide "lower latency and better performance". A full bundle, and pricing, will be available later.
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