HTC Launches Viveport VR

Cesar Mills
January 9, 2018

The HTC Vive Pro will also incorporate speakers similarly to the way they are implemented in headsets from competitor Oculus Rift.

With the new OLED displays the HTC Vive Pro will be on par with HTC's standalone Vive Focus headset that was revealed a year ago. The company's own sales platform, Viveport, got a look in with a new upgrade being rolled out that'll make it easier to use in virtual reality (VR) whilst providing new options.

Currently, there are no details about upgraded optics in the form of new lenses, but considering Valve's announcement of new lenses for future VR headsets, I would expect these to be included in the Vive Pro.

They've also announced a new wireless adaptor set to remove the tethers on both Vive and Vive Pro.

The headphones that for the HTC Vive were a separate purchase are now included as a standard with HTC Vive Pro. That's essentially the same as the resolution of the display used by the original HTC Vive, which delivers 2160×1200 for both eyes. The Samsung Odyssey, which runs Windows Mixed Reality, features a display with a 2880 x 1600 pixel resolution as well, just like the new Vive Pro. The new headset also includes built-in headphones, a new strap to "improve balance", a second microphone to assist with noise-cancellation features, a second "stereo" outward-facing camera, and reduced headset weight.

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The Vive Pro will be available this quarter as a headset upgrade to existing customers and as a standalone headset to all consumers. "Available in early access today, Viveport VR increases interaction with content and offers developers a preview that showcases the quality of their titles and experiences". Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews". The full Vive Pro kit with 2.0 tracking is said to ship in the Summer time frame. Beyond improvements to the user interface, HTC is adding Vimeo videos to the platform.

The Vive Pro will also improve the audio experience.

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

Built in partnership with Intel, the Vive Wireless Adapter will use 60 GHz WiGig technology to provide a low latency experience for wirelessly streaming video to the HMD. The system even works in environments with multiple Vive users in the same space.

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