HTC announces Vive Pro with increased resolution and built-in headphones
Jan 10 2018 by Joanne Wise
The Pro's total resolution will be 2880×1600, almost a 78 percent increase in pixels over the current Vive's 2160×1200.
This is created to make graphics and text much sharper for the wearer.
As well as displays that should be more crisp than before, the Vive Pro also includes high performance headphones with a built-in amplifier to offer "a heightened sense of presence" and richer sound, according to the Taiwanese firm.
That leaves the US$799 early adopter slot open for a new occupant, and HTC may be indicating its intention with the Vive Pro nomenclature; in November 2016, Sony diversified its PlayStation 4 console line-up by adding an enhanced PlayStation 4 Pro at the console's original price, next to a more affordably priced version of the PS4 launch model. The company partnered with HTC China to distribute the kits as an upgrade for the HTC Vive VR system. It should go on sale worldwide in the third quarter.
In addition, HTC has also unveiled the Vive Wireless Adaptor for use with both the Vive and the Vive Pro to connect wirelessly to a nearby PC. It will function with both versions of the headset. The new adapter supports automatic restart, wireless interference reduction, and automatic wireless channel detection that substantially improves the stability of the Wireless VR connectivity. And finally the Viveport catalog is now available in VR as well and Vive Video includes Vimeo videos now.
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"It's great to see HTC come forward and improve device specs", said Brian Blau, an analyst at Gartner. This new Virtual Reality headset has been speculated upon quite a bit in recent months, especially after the original Vive received a $200 permanent price reduction.
Mr Blau told the that much of the hype around virtual reality devices had meant that the technology sometimes failed to live up to people's expectations - something he believes has impacted of VR hardware.
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That's not to say VR is dying.
"Technology ecosystems require a massive amount of content to keep people coming back, and it has to be diverse".