HTC announces Vive Pro with increased resolution and built-in headphones

  • HTC announces Vive Pro with increased resolution and built-in headphones

HTC announces Vive Pro with increased resolution and built-in headphones

Stay tuned to IGN next week during CES for the latest on HTC's Vive announcement.

Surprisingly, HTC's new device doesn't include updated optics to complement the new displays (or, at least HTC didn't say so). The new displays on the Vive Pro will be a 78 percent increase in resolution over the original Vive, HTC explained at press conference on Monday.

"Vive we truly believe is the industry standard when it comes to VR", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of the HTC Vive.

"It's great to see HTC come forward and improve device specs", said Brian Blau, an analyst at Gartner. The new feature will be a way for customers to experience content on their Vive headset before actually purchasing the full content, kind of like how app trials work on the Microsoft Store.

However, the company has not yet revealed how much the new headset will cost. It adds an in-line amplifier to boost sound and integrated high-fidelity headphones for better immersion. The backside sizing dial - as was included with the previous enhanced audio package - makes the whole headset a lot easier to handle putting on and taking off.

HTC is aware that the Vive is losing its grip on the VR market, and the company is ready with a new device to help it maintain its spot as a top-tier home VR solution provider. Where before there was one, now there are two front-facing cameras.

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. Where before a cord (cord bundle) of significant size needed to run from the headset, over the head, and down the back of the user, now noone will need any of that business going on.

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. Featuring Intel's WiGig technology, the unit operates in what HTC calls an "interference-free" 60Ghz band for better performance. This upcoming adapter leverages Intel's WiGg technology to enable a wireless virtual reality experience with low latency, letting you cut the cord between the Vive and your PC.