HTC announces new Vive Pro VR headset with 3K resolution


HTC has announced a professional version of its Vive virtual reality headset.

And if someone prefers a new headset, HTC's Vive Pro will improve what now exists in the HTC Vive by upgrading the pixel density and resolution of the two OLED screens in the headset, offering two 2880×1600 OLED screens and a density of 615ppi, more pixel clarity than what can be found on both the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream with the latest phones.

Remember when last week, HTC did a major tease featuring a new headset with better resolution than the previous models?

Vive Pro's new dual-OLED displays feature a resolution of 2880x1600, which is an increase of 78% over the original, bringing greater pixel density and better sharpness to the unit.

HTC is refreshing its Vive headset with a new Pro model today.

In addition to the display improvements, there are also some design changes in the Vive Pro that aim to allow users to quickly put on the headset and adjust it for maximum comfortability. 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). While there have been third-party add-ons that turn the Vive wireless, HTC is offering an official accessory. Having stereo cameras on the device have the potential to provide a lot of utility ranging from a stereo view of your surroundings when you are nearing the chaperone boundaries to potential AR applications.

The 2.0 base stations will also be "smaller, more reliable and offer improved performance", says Valve.

The Vive Pro will be available this quarter as a headset upgrade to existing customers and as a standalone headset to all consumers. Still, if we're looking at 1,440 x 1,600 per eye just two years on from the initial HTC Vive announcement, it won't take too long for 4K to come along.

HTC also announced the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which uses Intel's WiGig wireless docking tech, as well as improvements to Viveport VR.

HTC say details on the Vive Pro's price and release "will be made available soon". There's no word on when the wireless adapter is going to be available, or how much it will cost. We'll be testing it out later today to find out if this redesign has helped with the comfort, and whether the headset feels lighter as a result.

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