HTC announces new Vive Pro VR headset with 3K resolution

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And if someone prefers a new headset, HTC's Vive Pro will improve what now exists in the HTC Vive by upgrading the pixel density and resolution of the two OLED screens in the headset, offering two 2880×1600 OLED screens and a density of 615ppi, more pixel clarity than what can be found on both the Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream with the latest phones.

Also worth noting are the dual front-facing cameras, one more than the current Vive, which HTC says are to "empower developer creativity". Coincidentally, TPCast has already announced plans at this year's CES to produce a TPCast Plus suite of hardware, which promises improvements such as microphone support and various tweaks to how it handles wireless data.

HTC has bumped the resolution of the dual-OLED panels in the new Vive Pro to 2880x1600 (1400x1600 per eye, and 615PPI) which is a huge 78% increase from the 2160x1200 (1080x1200 per eye) of the first Vive. Pricing info wasn't shared. Obviously, the main advantage of this is a larger room-scale environment to explore, but you can also use it to host more Vive headsets (or Steam VR-enabled headsets) in the same space. The Pro's updated headstrap includes a sizing dial for a more balanced fit on the head.

This is described as a head-mounted display (HMD) upgrade "built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users who want the best display and audio for their VR experiences".

Vive Video provides plenty of new virtual reality (VR) video content to HTC Vive owners and works to solve the discovery issue that surrounds quality VR experiences.


The company also previewed a new wireless adapter, launching this summer, which will enable wireless experiences for the Vive and Vive Pro. Featuring Intel's WiGig technology, the unit operates in what HTC calls an "interference-free" 60Ghz band for better performance.

Wireless capability could previously be achieved with third-party accessories, but HTC wants you to use Intel's tech for a more seamless experience.

Intel GM of VR Group Frank Soqui says, "Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled". The Vive Pro brings built-in audio and wireless options, and, most importantly, an nearly 80 percent boost in screen resolution.

HTC's update to its VR platform comes at an important time for the VR landscape. CTA also sees USA revenues of $1.2 billion (roughly 10 percent year-over-year growth).

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