HTC announces Vive Pro headset, wireless Vive adaptor

HTC is sharpening its view of virtual reality.

A resolution upgrade is a significant step towards making VR experiences more comfortable and immersive.

The Vive Pro isn't meant to replace the existing HTC Vive, which will remain on shelves. Obviously, the main advantage of this is a larger room-scale environment to explore, but you can also use it to host more Vive headsets (or Steam VR-enabled headsets) in the same space. HTC Vive touts this as empowering more creativity for developers, but it's yet to really show just how they can be utilised. It will be available in the summer.

Alongside the resolution increase, HTC has also redesigned the Vive Pro's headstrap and added built-in headphones.

The Vive Pro and the wireless adaptor are two features that may help foster more interest from mainstream consumers. 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 United States in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017). But the pricey system required an equally pricey PC, and the cable attachments between the two made for a clunky experience.

Also unveiled today, the Vive Wireless Adaptor will be the first to market with a truly wireless VR headset integration for both Vive and Vive Pro.

Intel GM of VR Group Frank Soqui says, "Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled". It didn't disclose the pricing.

Aside from the improved screen resolution, the HTC Vive Pro has also had a lick of paint, this time sporting a rather fetching metallic blue finish.

HTC Vive has taken the fight of resolutions to Oculus Rift with the announcement of a brand-new, 3K VR headset - the HTC Vive Pro.

A sharper display makes the VR experience run a lot smoother, with low-resolution imagery often the cause for people getting sick or disoriented.

"Vive we truly believe is the industry standard when it comes to VR", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of the HTC Vive.

Vive Wireless Pro Adaptor will be available in Q3 2018.

"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.

  • Fernando Stephens