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


Vive Pro customers won't have to purchase an audio kit like with the original Vive, and HTC also included dual microphones to the headset for noise cancellation.

The upgrade comes courtesy of a launch at CES, where HTC is launching two products, the Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless Adaptor, offering folks interesting in dabbling with HTC's brand of virtual reality a choice. 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. This will make it easier to decide if you want to download, whether it's one of 1,000 standalone titles or the 325 available for subscription.

HTC also announced a wireless component to this equation for both the HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro.

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We'll be going hands-on with the HTC Vive Pro shortly and will update you with our initial impressions soon.

HTC was very quiet about the change from a single front-facing camera on the standard Vive to dual front cameras on the Vive Pro.

Additional improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras created to empower developer creativity.

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Vive Pro includes dual OLED displays for a wider field of view and crisp picture resolution of 2880 by 1600, a 37% increase over the current Vive HMD.

Initially, the Vive Pro is slated to ship this quarter as a headset-only upgrade for customers who already have the original Vive with its 1.0 base stations.

These advancements deliver on VR users' desire for higher resolution, improved audio, greater comfort, wireless freedom and immersive content discovery.

Finally, HTC has released a new update for the Vive Video app. This means that users will be able to read texts while in VR, says HTC.

Vive Pro also features built-in, high-performance headphones with an in-line amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound.

Additionally, HTC announced plans to release its own Vive Wireless Adapter, which, like the TPCast, will plug into a Vive-equipped computer to broadcast its video signal wirelessly. The system even works in environments with multiple Vive users in the same space.