Consumer Electronics Show 2018 is a go, and we’ve been hearing a bunch of announcements in various segments. One of the most exciting and ever-growing categories is AR and VR, with a huge number of companies, old and new, launching their products. Among the well known, Facebook showcased new Oculus hardware in association with Xiaomi while HTC updated the Vive VR headset.
The Vive Pro, as HTC has dubbed it, now features dual-OLED displays with a higher-resolution of 2880x1600 pixels, a significant update over the previous version cramming 615 pixels per inch. It also features integrated headphones with an amplifier, dual-microphones, is lighter and said to be more comfortable than the original Vive headset thanks to a redesigned strap.
HTC has said that the Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with all existing Vive applications and the room-scale trackers. Speaking of which the company is planning to launch updated tracking hardware as well which will have the capability of tracking a space of up to 10×10 meters which is a bit more than 1000 square feet.
Along with the new Vive Pro, HTC also announced a wireless adapter that uses Intel’s 60GHz WiGig standard. This allows you to use the Vive Pro or the Vive without being tied to cables. Apart from the hardware, HTC also announced the Viveport platform where users can now purchase apps and experiences inside VR. This is a similar to what Google has done with its Daydream VR platform. Surprisingly, HTC has partnered with Vimeo for video content integration with its revamped version of Vive Video app.
The company hasn’t announced the pricing of the new Vive Pro or the wireless adapter as of yet. It did however say that the Vive Pro is positioned as a high-end product. According to Dan O’Brien, GM of HTC Vive in the United States, “This is a product for these most discerning customers.” Expect a full commercial launch of the Vive Pro later this year and as a bonus HTC will offer it as an upgrade version to existing Vive users.
According to a report, HTC was originally planning to create a Daydream VR headset, however the idea was axed at end of last year. HTC has been working closely with Google for a while now in the smartphone space, especially since the Taiwan based company hasn’t been making a lot of profits. A Daydream VR headset would have been a pretty good idea considering VR headsets are finally getting somewhere and this year we might see some solid momentum.
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