HTC announces Vive Pro with increased resolution and built-in headphones

The company also partnered with Vimeo to integrate more video content into a revamped version of its Vive Video app, and now lets users choose the next video while they still watch the current clip - perhaps laying the foundation for binge-watching in VR.

There's no price or launch date for the Vive Pro, and the wireless adaptor is scheduled to ship in third quarter worldwide this year. We have yet to get hands-on experience with either the Vive Pro or the Vive Wireless adapter, but we have a demo appointment tomorrow, so keep checking PC Perspective for our updated impressions of the next generation of VR! 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.

It also has a slightly new design, compared with the original Vive.

The Vive Pro, meanwhile, offers a few new bells and whistles. That's essentially the same as the resolution of the display used by the original HTC Vive, which delivers 2160×1200 for both eyes.

HTC has interestingly integrated two cameras in front of the headset that developers will be able to use to power augmented reality experiences, although details on that will be revealed closer to the release.

The highlight of the new system is the improved combined 2880 by 1600 resolution from its dual-OLED displays, which the company boasts is a 78 percent increase over the original Vive.

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In good news for resolution-hungry owners of the original, HTC confirmed that the Vive Pro will be available in a headset-only SKU, and that it will remain compatible with existing HTC Vive tracking boxes and wands. Thanks to that bump, HTC says "text, graphics, and [the] overall experience all come into sharper view".

HTC's upgraded Vive headset is a much-needed update for the line.

Also announced is an upgrade to Vive Video, which makes changes in an attempt to improve discovery and acquisition of VR-based experiences. HTC's version will employ Intel's WiGig wireless-transmission protocol, as opposed to TPCast's use of a different 60GHz standard.

First published January 8 at 1:06 p.m. PT. Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds that existing consumers will also be able to buy the Vive Pro later this quarter.

The new adapter will be shipping in Q3, with no price announced.

  • Toni Ryan