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CES 2018: HTC announces Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adapter

CES 2018: HTC announces Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adapter”

The Vive Wireless Adaptor will feature Intel's WiGig technology to make wireless VR a reality.

Almost two years after the launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality system, its creators have finally revealed a hardware revision for the headset: the HTC Vive Pro. We know that it will default as a wired VR system, however, and we can nearly certainly confirm that it will not offer an improved field-of-view (FOV), thanks to the new resolution conforming to the original Vive's resolution ratio. 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.

HTC have announced a big new revision to their VR display.

Also unveiled today, the Vive Wireless Adaptor will be the first to market with a truly wireless VR headset integration for both Vive and Vive Pro. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of the Vive Pro.

The new adapter looks a bit like a pair of deer antlers that lie flat on top of the Vive - antenna that deliver the content to the headset. 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.

Additional improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras created to empower developer creativity. The Vive Pro's resolution is 2880x1600 (combined), a 78% increase from the standard 2160×1200 resolution shared by the original Vive and the Oculus Rift.

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HTC said Vive Pro will be available to existing customers in Q1 2018, and a developer version will be available after.

Finally, HTC has released a new update for the Vive Video app. Beyond improvements to the user interface, HTC is adding Vimeo videos to the platform.

This resolution enhances immersion for VR enthusiasts, and the improved clarity means text, graphics and overall experience all come into sharper view.

These advancements deliver on VR users' desire for higher resolution, improved audio, greater comfort, wireless freedom and immersive content discovery.

The Vive Pro will work with the current 1.0 base stations for positional tracking, as well as Valve's previously announced but unreleased 2.0 base stations. This piece of equipment will operat in the interference-free 60Ghz band, says HTC, and will be up to "the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers", so says Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation.

HTC's new wireless adapter, launching in the summer of 2018.



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