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HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans

HTC's new Vive Pro headset is for serious VR fans

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.

They also reported that the Vive Pro would include on-board speakers, not stating whether they'll be on-ear headphones like the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, or hidden projection speakers similar to those on the Vive Focus headset.

The Vive Pro isn't meant to replace the existing HTC Vive, which will remain on shelves. It will be available in the summer.

Image copyright HTC Image caption VR fans will be able to try out VR experiences before they purchase them in the updated Viveport store. We also have no indications of pricing on the Vive Wireless Adapter. 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. The headset is compatible with exiting SteamVR base stations. But the pricey system required an equally pricey PC, and the cable attachments between the two made for a clunky experience.

HTC also announced the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which uses Intel's WiGig wireless docking tech, as well as improvements to Viveport VR.

Intel GM of VR Group Frank Soqui says, "Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled". HTC said that Intel's wireless protocol provides an interference-free signal that can stream high-quality visuals with less than 7ms of latency.

HTC has announced a professional version of its Vive virtual reality headset.

The Vive Pro has two OLED screens that have a total resolution of 2880 by 1600 pixels, which is 78% more than the current model.

A sharper display makes the VR experience run a lot smoother, with low-resolution imagery often the cause for people getting sick or disoriented.

Additional improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras created to empower developer creativity. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will allow both the HTC Vive and the HTC Vive Pro to go wireless.

HTC also unveiled a redesigned customer experience, adding a virtual reality version of its Viveport catalog of games and media. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews".

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