Virtual Reality (VR) has been around for a while now and it’s safe to say this isn’t a mere gimmick that is going away anytime soon. Since its inception, VR has been held back by a few limitations. One such limitation was the requirement of wires connected to the VR device, although HTC is looking to solve that problem with their big new reveal.
In a blog post, HTC have revealed their next iteration of the HTC Vive known as the Vive Pro. Not only this but they have also created a wireless adaptor that will remove the necessity of wires on both the HTC Vive and the Vive Pro. This is a big step forward for Virtual Reality technology and user comfort.
The Vive Pro is looking to be a premiere headset, something that goes above and beyond what current technology offers. According to HTC the Vive Pro “includes dual-OLED displays for a crisp picture resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD.” This increased resolution should make picture quality incredibly sharp.
The new headset also offers “integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier” for improved sound quality and “dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras”.
Taking some inspiration from Sony’s VR headset, the Pro’s design will also include a sizing dial and is said to be built for increased comfort.
In addition to the Vive Pro and wireless adaptor, HTC has also revealed Viveport VR which is an all new, immersive way to browse products and preview content.
“Until now, there has not been a shopping and browsing experience that takes advantage of the full functionality of VR. 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.”
As of now we don’t have a release date for the Vive Pro, nor do we have a price point. With a lot of upgrades going in to this technology and a lot of talk about it being a high-end product, my guess is that it will be quite pricey indeed. Although for now we will just have to wait and see when it comes to the Vive Pro.