Vive VR unveils shiny new Pro headset, wireless adapter

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

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

HTC has announced an upgrade feature and functionality to their current existing marketplace called Viveport VR during CES 2018. But with a barrage of Windows Mixed Reality headsets offering higher resolution for cheaper, HTC needed to step up its hardware game.

The Pro's total resolution will be 2880x1600, almost a 78 percent increase over the current Vive's 2160×1200. Additional improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras created to empower developer creativity.

Vive Wireless Pro Adaptor will be available in Q3 2018.

But for those interested in owning the next step, HTC hasn't committed to exact release dates - for the Vive Pro, or for a proper successor to the now available Vive.

A few months later, the company announced Vive Focus, a standalone VR headset. It runs in the 60GHz band to cut down on potential interference and uses Intel's WiGig specifications. 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 U.S. in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017).

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Intel GM Frank Soqui.

"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 Daniel O'Brien, GM of HTC Vive, said in a statement.

There's also a new wireless solution coming this summer. It offers a fully interactive preview of content instead of the usual 2D catalog. It's finding an early niche in immersive attractions, where you can strap on a rented headset and wander around, dodge stormtroopers and even work up a sweat.

The headphones that for the HTC Vive were a separate purchase are now included as a standard with HTC Vive Pro.

In the new Vive Video experience, a curated selection of Vimeo content will be made available to browse and view in a highly optimized native VR experiences within Vive Video-compatible headsets.

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