HTC's Vive Pro makes your virtual world a whole lot clearer


HTC teased a better resolution for its Vive VR headset, and while they were correct, the newly announced Vive Pro appears to have some extra perks as well. HTC is increasing the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive.

The next generation of headsets might include even more advanced technologies like eye-tracking, which could allow ultra high resolution rendering of graphics at the exact point on the screen where users are looking. The trackable space is up to 10m x 10m. HTC expects that number to increase to 3,000 by the end of the year. The new optical sensors for Steam VR Tracking 2.0 support the new base stations and the old base stations. Unlike any other platform, you'll be able to demo VR games in the VR world through the Vive headset prior to purchasing a title. It also adds integrated headphones and, thankfully, still works with all the current Vive content already available. HTC redesigned the shape of the strap to offer more adjustment range for the headphones, and it reworked the rear section of the headstrap to provide additional support.

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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 Daniel O'Brien, GM U.S., VIVE. Viveport is also coming as a VR experience to the Vive, letting users browse and purchase products from the store from within their Vive headset. HTC did not say what thier function is. The original Vive debuted almost two years ago, and the new Vive Pro is clearly created to address some of the complaints of that earlier headset. This option will be available in Q1 and a full package will be available later this year that will include new Vive controllers. Not only does the Pro promise a massive improvement over the original Vive, the promise of a potentially wireless experience puts HTC pretty far ahead of its competitors.

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