Higher-res HTC Vive Pro, wireless adaptor unveiled

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HTC began hinting at the Vive Pro last week by posting "new year, new resolution" messages on social media and within the company's SteamVR "Home" hub.

The upgrade comes courtesy of a launch at CES, where HTC is launching two products, the Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless Adaptor, offering folks interesting in dabbling with HTC's brand of virtual reality a choice. "Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilize the best VR experience". This will make it easier to decide if you want to download, whether it's one of 1,000 standalone titles or the 325 available for subscription.

"Viveport is moving to a VR first experience model, and with the all-new Viveport VR, we are changing the way consumers discover, experience and acquire VR content", said Rikard Steiber, president, Viveport in a statement "Until now, there has not been a shopping and browsing experience that takes advantage of the full functionality of VR".

HTC Vive also announced an optional Wireless Adaptor for both Vive and Vive Pro, allowing you to cut the cord from your headset and go completely wireless. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of the Vive Pro.

HTC has announced a professional version of its Vive virtual reality headset.

HTC has interestingly integrated two cameras in front of the headset that developers will be able to use to power augmented reality experiences, although details on that will be revealed closer to the release.

These advancements deliver on VR users' desire for higher resolution, improved audio, greater comfort, wireless freedom and immersive content discovery. HTC is increasing the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive. Thanks to that bump, HTC says "text, graphics, and [the] overall experience all come into sharper view". It improves the UI and adds new features, and content from Vimeo can also now be accessed right through the app. Using Intel's WiGig technology, the Wireless Adaptor will be available in the summer of 2018. The Wireless Adapter will be made available in Q3 of 2018.

The Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with existing Vive applications as well as the company's room-scale trackers.

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