HTC Vive Pro and Wireless Adaptor unveiled at CES 2018
Thanks to HTC, fans of Virtual reality now have two new gadgets to look forward to this year in the form of the HTC Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless Adaptor. Both attempt to solve some of the issues with the first-generation HTC Vive by giving users a first party wireless upgrade, and a much-needed base resolution upgrade over the original HTC Vive to deliver clearer, sharper virtual environments to users.
Vive Pro: Better resolution, improved fit
The HTC Vive Pro looks a lot like a luxury package for users across the board, with built in 3D spatial audio, dual microphones, a modified mounting strap much like the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, and a crystal clear 2880 x 1600 615ppi OLED display to give you a much clearer picture than the base HTC Vive.
Compared to the current generation Vive, which is rocking a 2160 x 1200 display, VR enthusiasts are looking at a little over a 78% clearer picture, which is a noticeable upgrade, though not the true 4K reveal some fans were hoping for when HTC started teasing this announcement a few days ago.
The HTC Vive Pro will ship with SteamVR 2.0 Tracking, and will allow you to pair up to four base stations for the optimum tracking experience. That doesn’t mean you should ditch your 1.0 tracking stations, because the HTC Vive Pro is entirely backwards compatible with those as well.
Based off the name, HTC appears to be jumping on the PS4 Pro/Xbox One X bandwagon by offering a moderate upgrade to their base system for enthusiasts and fans willing to pay a little extra for a deluxe version of their current tech. It’s not a terrible idea, because it means fans that want the extra pixels now have the option, and no one is being forced to upgrade to a new generation of VR headset if they want to enjoy the latest and greatest VR games on the market. Of course, this could mean the HTC Vive 2.0 is still a distant speck on the horizon, but the Vive Pro will hopefully deliver a satisfying experience in the meantime, and should give modern GPUs some time to catch up to the 4K 90fps standard we’re waiting for.
Wireless VR from HTC and Intel
HTC also announced their Vive Wireless Adaptor, which is a somewhat delayed response to the TPCast wireless upgrade that popped up on the market this last year. The TPCast is admittedly a huge step up from the base wired experience, but HTC’s official version, which reportedly utilizes Intel’s WiGig wireless tech, “offers a premium VR wireless experience that operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band, which means lower latency and better performance.”
On a 60Ghz band the Vive Wireless Adaptor is well and truly above the bar of quality we’ve previously seen for full-scale wireless VR headsets, which promises to deliver a smooth, consistent experience to everyone.
Hopefully the tech itself will live up to expectations, because Wireless VR is definitely something the community’s been asking for since the Vive first hit the streets.
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If you’re interested in getting your hands on HTC’s latest and greatest VR tech, the HTC Vive Wireless Adaptor will be launching this summer and a headset-only version of the Vive Pro will launch later this quarter, followed by a full enterprise package (including SteamVR 2.0 base stations) later on in 2018.
Unfortunately, HTC has their lips sealed about the official MSRP both devices will be rocking on release but we’re betting both are going to cost a pretty penny comparable to the TPCast and the HTC Vive price at launch, so plan your VR budget accordingly.