HTC Vive Gets a Hardware Revision

HTC Vive Pro

Today at CES in Las Vegas, HTC announced a new Vive VR headset, the Vive Pro, which will feature a major resolution increase over the current model, as well as built-in headphones like the Oculus Rift.

The resolution of dual OLED displays is now increased to 2880 x 1600 (i.e., 1400 x 1600 per eye) with 615 ppi from 2160 x 1200 resolution of regular VIVE headset.

This is created to make graphics and text much sharper for the wearer. The 2.0 base stations will also be "smaller, more reliable and offer improved performance", says Valve.

Recently, Oculus partnered with Xiaomi for the launch of MI VR Standalone in China.

However, the company has not yet revealed how much the new headset will cost.

In addition, HTC has also unveiled the Vive Wireless Adaptor for use with both the Vive and the Vive Pro to connect wirelessly to a nearby PC.

The two firms also announced they would release a version of the kit to be.

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The Vive was first introduced to the market in 2015 and went on global sale in April 2016.

A corporate version of the headset already exists, indicating that HTC does not expect consumers to pay the US$1,200 it takes to secure a specialist Vive Business Edition. And finally the Viveport catalog is now available in VR as well and Vive Video includes Vimeo videos now.

"It's great to see HTC come forward and improve device specs", said Brian Blau, an analyst at Gartner.

"DisplayLink continues to push the boundaries for immersive solutions and this demonstration highlights the considerable benefits for collaborative work, whether it's designing a new workspace, engaging clients on a product vision, or exploring virtual worlds with a friend", explained Cummins.

Mr Blau told the that much of the hype around virtual reality devices had meant that the technology sometimes failed to live up to people's expectations - something he believes has impacted of VR hardware.

"There's a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset", Daniel O'Brien, general manager of HTC's VIVE in the USA market, said in a statement.

"Technology ecosystems require a massive amount of content to keep people coming back, and it has to be diverse".

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