HTC announces Vive Pro headset, wireless Vive adaptor

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In addition, HTC showed off the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which can hook onto either the original or Vive Pro and wirelessly connect to a nearby PC. Not only does the Pro promise a massive improvement over the original Vive, the promise of a potentially wireless experience puts HTC pretty far ahead of its competitors. One of the complaints of the original Vive was that it was hard to adjust and heavy, and you had to plug in headphones, creating another cable dangling to potentially upset your 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.

The new HTC Vive Pro.

Additionally, HTC announced the Vive Wireless Adaptor, available for both Vive and Vive Pro headsets.

The original HTC Vive stays on sale.

HTC VIVE Raises The Bar For Premium VR With New VIVE PRO Upgrade And Wireless VIVE Adaptor - VIVE Blog

This year, however, HTC appears to be cutting the cord not just for new users, but for folks with the HTC Vive that's already in the world. The refreshed headset, which now has no price, will arrive in "Q1" of 2018, and it adds one huge upgrade, and a few small ones, to an otherwise familiar-looking Vive. Sound has also reportedly been improved, adding an amplifier to the package, built-on high-resolution audio-capable headphones, two microphones with active noise cancellation, and two front-facing cameras to make the headset work for mixed reality, also. The original Vive debuted almost two years ago, and the new Vive Pro is clearly created to address some of the complaints of that earlier headset.

The Vive Pro has a 2880 x 1600 dual OLED display, falling short of the rumoured 4K resolution but still 78% greater than the 2160 x 1200 original. This means that users will be able to read texts while in VR, says HTC. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews".

Finally, HTC has released a new update for the Vive Video app. "The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide". Featuring Intel's WiGig technology, the unit operates in what HTC calls an "interference-free" 60Ghz band for better performance.

First published January 8 at 1:06 p.m. PT. Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds that existing consumers will also be able to buy the Vive Pro later this quarter.

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