HTC announces Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor

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HTC has revealed new HTC Vive VR hardware at CES today. Full Vive Pro retail kits available later this year, and the Vive wireless adapter is expected to be available in Q3 of this year. 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. We tried a prototype of this back at GDC, which had several protruding wires held together by tape, but the final version looks much more ready for use. "By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel's WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers".

Resolution: The Vive Pro packs a 2880 x 1600 resolution display, offering 615ppi to eliminate Screen Door Effect. "Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience".

Finally, Vive has overhauled its Viveport storefront to improve discovery and enable VR previews of content. It's finding an early niche in immersive attractions, where you can strap on a rented headset and wander around, dodge stormtroopers and even work up a sweat.

Additionally, HTC announced an update for Viveport that will replace the existing 2D catalog the service provides. It will be a part of the now existing Viveport Subscription model. Unlike any other platform, you'll be able to demo VR games in the VR world through the Vive headset prior to purchasing a title.

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Again, a price and release date for the Vive Pro were not shared; those details will be provided "soon".

In addition, HTC showed off the Vive Wireless Adaptor, which can hook onto either the original or Vive Pro and wirelessly connect to a nearby PC.

Vive Video has consistently been one of the most-downloaded and highest-rated apps on the SteamVR platform, enabling users to view 180 and 360-degree video content. Vive Video is available today for both Vive and Google Daydream platforms, and will arrive on Vive Wave in the near future.

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