HTC VIVE Pro VR Headset – Higher Resolution & Wireless
HTC announced their newest VR headset, the VIVE Pro, just ahead of CES 2018. The VIVE Pro has upgrades in just about every area, including a better adjustable headstrap, 3D spatial audio with it’s built-in headphones, noise-canceling microphones, dual front cameras so you can see your surroundings, and has increased the resolution of the displays by 78% over its predecessor. To top that off, now you can go wireless with the optional VIVE Wireless Adapter.
The VIVE Pro increases the total resolution of the displays from 2160 x 1200 to 2880 x 1600, which is 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye. This should greatly reduce the ‘screen door‘ effect that plagues lower resolution VR headsets. HTC has added an additional adjustable headstrap to help better distribute the weight of the headset. If you already have a VIVE, your existing accessories should still work, including the original base station and SteamVR tracking. You will be able to pair up to 4 base stations, which will allow the headset over 1000 square feet (10 x 10 meters) of tracking. Wow.
The new wireless adapter is really the game changer here and will undoubtedly make the experience more immersive, since you would no longer be tethered to your computer with a long cable. The VIVE Wireless Adapter uses Intel’s WiGig technology to carry video, audio, and the device inputs and outputs at 60Ghz to the computer it’s hooked up to. WiGig is supposed to be ultra-low latency, so
No pricing has been announced yet, but the VIVE Pro is supposed to be available this quarter.