HTC's Vive Pro makes your virtual world a whole lot clearer


HTC has announced a new version of the HTC Vive, dubbed the HTC Vive Pro, during CES 2018 in Las Vegas.

Along with potential inside-out tracking and augmented reality applications, HTC has also decided to make their device a bit freer by announcing their own wireless adapter for the HTC Vive, similar to the TPCast product.

Also worth noting are the dual front-facing cameras, one more than the current Vive, which HTC says are to "empower developer creativity".

Are you hoping the arrival of the Pro will signal a much-needed Vive price cut?

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The new headset will also come with integrated headphones, and is created to be lighter and more comfortable than the existing Vive headset.

Additionally, HTC announced plans to release its own Vive Wireless Adapter, which, like the TPCast, will plug into a Vive-equipped computer to broadcast its video signal wirelessly. Featuring Intel's WiGig technology, the unit operates in what HTC calls an "interference-free" 60Ghz band for better performance.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship worldwide in the third quarter of this year.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation. Timing and pricing wasn't divulged yet, but hopefully we'll see a price drop for the original Vive once the Pro is on the market. There's also new 3D audio which will work with the new and original Vive base stations. It's an upgrade over the original Vive that increases resolution, includes integrated audio, and more.

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Viveport VR is available in Early Access for you to try out.

It's also rolling out an update for its VR media player Vive Video, including an integration with the video-hosting site Vimeo.

This is not believed to be the fabled HTC Vive 2, however. These VR previews are "interactive glimpses of content that give customers a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing".

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