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HTC Secures VR Dominance With High-End Vive Pro Upgrade

HTC Secures VR Dominance With High-End Vive Pro Upgrade

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Vive Pro's key improvement over the original base system, boosting the resolution from 2160×1200 to 2880×1600, making for a 78% increase in resolution.

It's a slight shame that HTC Vive hasn't jumped for a meaty 4K resolution, but seeing as even as Nvidia's GTX 1080ti would struggle to push out 4K per eye for VR, it's somewhat sensible to scale ambitions down.

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The Vive Pro will also improve the audio experience. HTC hasn't yet mentioned increased PC-spec requirements for this newer, higher-res Vive, however, nor about whether the Vive Pro will use any resolution-smoothing tricks for weaker PCs.

Lastly, HTC said it upgraded its native VR video player, Vive Video. The two front-facing cameras look like eyes, and it's a design that will clearly differentiate it from the original Vive. See the most important products that will impact businesses and professionals.

HTC also announced the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which uses Intel's WiGig wireless docking tech, as well as improvements to Viveport VR.

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HTC seems to have concentrated on sound as much as sight with the Vive Pro, as the headset features "integrated, high-performance headphones" complete with a built-in amplifier. Where before a cord (cord bundle) of significant size needed to run from the headset, over the head, and down the back of the user, now noone will need any of that business going on.

They also reported that the Vive Pro would include on-board speakers, not stating whether they'll be on-ear headphones like the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, or hidden projection speakers similar to those on the Vive Focus headset. The Wireless Adapter will work with the original Vive and Vive Pro and will be available this summer. The Wireless Adapter will be made available in Q3 of 2018. Vive Pro's new headstrap was built with enhanced ergonomics and comfort, including a sizing dial for a more balanced headset that decreases weight on the front of the headset.

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