HTC Unveils Sharper Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adaptor

Rosalie Gross
January 9, 2018

HTC has announced an upgrade to the Vive, which bumps up the VR headset's resolution and gives it a new name, HTC Vive Pro.

Perhaps even more interesting is the Vive Wireless Adaptor that will work with both standard HTC Vive and Vive Pro. This upcoming adapter leverages Intel's WiGg technology to enable a wireless virtual reality experience with low latency, letting you cut the cord between the Vive and your PC. It'll feature two OLED displays with a resolution of 2880 x 1600 - very similar to the Vive Focus standalone headset - an increase of 78 percent from the original HTC Vive's 2160 x 1200.

The Pro headset also features built-in high-performance headphones with an in-line amplifier, a new head strap with a sizing dial, dual microphones with active noise cancellation, and dual front-facing cameras created to empower developer creativity. Aiming to compete with Oculus Rift as an all-in-one product, the HTC Vive Pro's new headphones offer a streamlined design that should make the new HMD more comfortable to wear over longer periods.

At the same time, HTC unveiled the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which they say will be the first wireless VR adapter to market. Available in the second half of 2018, the adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band.

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"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 VIVE GM Daniel O'Brien. 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).

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, general manager of the Virtual Reality Group at Intel, in a statement. As part of the Viveport VR and Viveport Video options, the company will be offering subscriptions for $7 a month, allowing users to try up to five titles each month. It improves the UI and adds new features, and content from Vimeo can also now be accessed right through the app.

HTC's upgraded Vive headset is a much-needed update for the line.

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