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HTC launches Vive Pro for hardcore users

HTC launches Vive Pro for hardcore users

The company also unveiled the Vive Wireless Adaptor today, for both models of the headset.

No release date or price has been given for the HTC Vive Pro, but we do know that the Vive Wireless Adaptor will arrive towards the latter half of 2018.

VIVE GM Daniel O'Brien says, "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".

These will be available via a revamped version of the Viveport VR store.

With 36.7 million Americans expected to experience VR content at least once a month this year - a jump of 63.7% over last year says eMarketer - offering a way to untether HTC's original headset is something that could draw new interest to the field, and its device.

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.

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It also has a slightly new design, compared with the original Vive. The Vive Pro's headstrap includes a sizing dial so the headset is a lot more balanced, and it hopefully won't feel too top heavy at the front. That's essentially the same as the resolution of the display used by the original HTC Vive, which delivers 2160×1200 for both eyes.

Additional improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras created to empower developer creativity.

This resolution enhances immersion for VR enthusiasts, and the improved clarity means text, graphics and overall experience all come into sharper view. The new portal features sample VR previews that give quick interactive glimpses into a game. For those already using a standard HTC Vive, that's a 78% increase in resolution over the same panel space. Beyond improvements to the user interface, HTC is adding Vimeo videos to the platform.

The new unit also offers a boost in 3D audio, which will still work with the original Vive's base stations.

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.