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HTC unveils 'Pro' virtual reality headset

09 January 2018

In addition to the display improvements, there are also some design changes in the Vive Pro that aim to allow users to quickly put on the headset and adjust it for maximum comfortability. HTC says the current Vive will remain on sale throughout 2018, and HTC will sell the Vive Pro headset standalone to existing customers this quarter.

It's a slight shame that HTC Vive hasn't jumped for a meaty 4K resolution, but seeing as even as Nvidia's GTX 1080ti would struggle to push out 4K per eye for VR, it's somewhat sensible to scale ambitions down. While VR, which transports you to a digital world through a special headset, has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook, Google and Samsung, consumers have been slow to embrace the technology.

CES appears to have other players in the wireless-VR space, as well, and we'll do our best at Ars to cover or go hands on with any promising VR demos, especially any with the HTC Vive Pro.

Along with the new Vive Pro, HTC is launching the new Vive Wireless Adapter today.

The original HTC Vive stays on sale.

HTC isn't saying anything on availability or price yet.

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HTC has unveiled what's next for its PC virtual reality platform, Vive. The Pro features integrated headphones with a built-in amplifier, dual microphones featuring active noise cancellation, and dual front-facing cameras.

HTC said Vive Pro will be available to existing customers in Q1 2018, and a developer version will be available after. The Vive Pro's resolution is 2880x1600 (combined), a 78% increase from the standard 2160×1200 resolution shared by the original Vive and the Oculus Rift. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews". This means that users will be able to read texts while in VR, says HTC.

The Vive Pro will also improve the audio experience.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and offers a VR wireless experience that operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band, which means lower latency and better performance.

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. There's no word on when the wireless adapter is going to be available, or how much it will cost.

HTC unveils 'Pro' virtual reality headset