HTC Officially Announces New Vive Pro At CES With Bigger Resolution And Wireless Adapter
Just a couple of days ago HTC hinted at a new updated Vive headset where we might be seeing larger resolutions on the displays and that seems to be the case. During this year’s CES, HTC has announced a new Vive Pro model with a larger display at 2,880 × 1,600 resolution with dual OLED screens.
“There’s a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., VIVE. “Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilize the best VR experience.”
The current display on the Vive headset currently has 2,180 × 1,200 resolution. This gives the headset about 78% more pixels. Additionally, the Vive Pro will have an optional wireless adapter similar to how the TPCast works today.
The wireless component is stated to use WiGig technology by Intel, which is a partnership that was announced earlier last year. In a statement they said:
“To create this high-end VR experience for the Vive ecosystem, Intel and HTC recognized the need to better integrate the HMD with high-computing capabilities. The WiGig technology, based on 802.11ad standard, works solely in the interference- free 60GHz band, and enables high throughput and low latency in both directions, from the PC to HMD and from HMD to PC. This means pristine video quality with <7ms latency in any environment, supporting multiple users sharing the same space. All of this results in the seamless wireless VR with the Vive!”
The Vive Wireless Adapter will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide. “Wireless VR has been on nearly every VR user’s wishlist since the technology was unveiled,” said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation. “By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel’s WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers.”
The new headset will also feature high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound. There will also be a dial in the back similar to the deluxe audio strap to fit any head size.
The New Vive Pro will feature higher resolution than the current Oculus Rift and have a similar resolution size to the Samsung Odyssey currently being sold under the Microsoft Mixed Reality platform. The headset price has not yet been revealed but we expect the price to stay competitive, similar to the current Vive headset and the Samsung Odyssey. The HTC Vive team will be announcing the release date later on.