HTC just unveiled a new and upgraded VR headset at CES 2018 today. The new headset, which is called the Vive Pro, is a refresh of the original Vive that was released almost two years ago. The launch of the Vive Pro is meant to improve past shortcomings of its predecessor, most especially the screen resolution.
The HTC Vive Pro sports a dual OLED display with a resolution of 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi). This resolution is a 78 percent increase from the previous 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution of the original Vive. The improved resolution of the HTC Vive Pro, will increase the overall pixel density and will make text and graphics more crisper and smoother than before. Check out the images of the Vive Pro below:
The HTC Vive Pro also integrated the dual front facing camera, the dual microphones, and the headphones with built-in amplifier. This is a huge improvement from the original Vive model where the headphones are only available as an add-on. The Vive Pro also redesigned the head strap, making it more ergonomic and easy to adjust with a blue color design of the key elements and the front display.
Check out the full specs of the Vive Pro below:
Screen: Dual AMOLED 3.5” diagonal
Resolution: 1440x1600 pixels per eye (2880 x 1600 pixels combined)
Refresh Rate: 90 Hz
Field of View: 110 degrees
Audio: Hi-Res certificate headset, Hi- Res certificate headphone (removable), High impedance headphone support
Input: Integrated microphones
Connections: USB-C 3.0, DP 1.2, Bluetooth
Sensors: SteamVR Tracking, G-sensor, gyroscope, proximity, IPD sensor
Ergonomics: Eye relief with lens distance adjustment, Adjustable IPD, Adjustable headphone, Adjustable headstrap
As of now, HTC did not reveal the pricing and the release date for the HTC Vive Pro, besides that it will be available soon. On the bright side, the company promised that they will still be offering the original HTC Vive Headset, at least through 2018. So we can definitely expect a price cut from the original Vive once the Pro is released.
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