Sunday, 23 September, 2018

CES 2018: Viveport VR Overhauls Platform With Interactive Content Catalog

HTC Unveils New Higher-Resolution Vive Pro VR Headset, Wireless Adapter HTC unveils higher-resolution Vive Pro VR headset with built-in headphones
Ginger Lopez | 09 January, 2018, 00:59

HTC today announced a new VR headset, alongside a wireless solution for its existing set at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Along with potential inside-out tracking and augmented reality applications, HTC has also decided to make their device a bit freer by announcing their own wireless adapter for the HTC Vive, similar to the TPCast product. HTC hasn't yet mentioned increased PC-spec requirements for this newer, higher-res Vive, however, nor about whether the Vive Pro will use any resolution-smoothing tricks for weaker PCs.

The Vive Pro has a 2880 x 1600 dual OLED display, falling short of the rumoured 4K resolution but still 78% greater than the 2160 x 1200 original.

What's more, the Pro has a new headstrap, dual microphones with active noise cancellation, and two front-facing cameras "designed to empower developer creativity". The unit is supposed to be available to existing owners this quarter, with a standalone bundle to come later in the year.

As one of the first major VR headsets to hit shelves, the hardware inside the HTC Vive isn't its most compelling feature anymore. Available in the second half of 2018, the adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band.




"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, general manager of the Virtual Reality Group at Intel, in a statement.

Again, a price and release date for the Vive Pro were not shared; those details will be provided "soon". The headset is compatible with exiting SteamVR base stations.

The main news for the Vive Pro is the resolution. It offers a fully interactive preview of content instead of the usual 2D catalog.

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

"Vive Pro is a new HMD upgrade from Vive, built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users who want the best display and audio for their VR experiences", the company said in a recent press release. It also adds integrated headphones and, thankfully, still works with all the current Vive content already available.

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