HTC announces new Vive Pro VR headset with 3K resolution

HTC Vive comes to India

The original HTC Vive headset features a display that is capable of displaying just 2160 x 1200 pixel images. This should help with crisper text and graphics within VR experiences.

With the new OLED displays the HTC Vive Pro will be on par with HTC's standalone Vive Focus headset that was revealed previous year.

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"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Intel GM Frank Soqui.

VR enthusiasts are still the only people likely to buy their own headset, even after HTC and Facebook's Oculus dropped prices on their flagship models. The new headset also includes built-in headphones, a new strap to "improve balance", a second microphone to assist with noise-cancellation features, a second "stereo" outward-facing camera, and reduced headset weight. "This is a product for these most discerning customers", said Dan O'Brien, US GM of HTC Vive.

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Details are still scant at the moment, but it's been built using Intel's WiGig spec and work on the 60Ghz band to maximise performance and reduce latency. 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. While VR, which transports you to a digital world through a special headset, has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook, Google and Samsung, consumers have been slow to embrace the technology. Vive Video solves the discovery and acquisition problem for VR video content by delivering a large catalog of high quality streaming video directly to VR headsets.

The Viveport shop now has more than 2,000 apps now, more than 40% being free of charge. 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. On the current model, the headphones were only available as an add on.

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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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