HTC unveils higher-resolution Vive Pro VR headset with built-in headphones

09 January, 2018, 01:01 | Author: Constance French
  • HTC Unveils New Higher-Resolution Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adapter

HTC is increasing the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive. This device is the premium experience missing from the VR market today - up to the next level in every way. The Vive Pro will go on sale later this year, most likely at a premium but we're yet to find out an actual price.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation. Pro also includes dual microphones with active noise cancellation and two front-facing cameras.

HTC also used its keynote to announce a few updates to its Viveport platform, the most notable being that HTC Vive users can now shop for VR apps and experiences within VR.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship worldwide in the third quarter of this year.

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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. It runs in the 60GHz band to cut down on potential interference and uses Intel's WiGig specifications.

Finally, Vive has overhauled its Viveport storefront to improve discovery and enable VR previews of content. The new portal features sample VR previews that give quick interactive glimpses into a game. While VR, which transports you to a digital world through a special headset, has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook, Google and Samsung, consumers have been slow to embrace the technology. With more than 1,000 titles available on Viveport today, and more than 325 available for subscription, Vive is changing the way users browse and discover content through Viveport VR.

The new model, which sits above the current Vive already available on the market, will feature a greatly improved resolution and high-res audio support. 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 United States in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017).

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