CES 2018: Viveport VR Overhauls Platform With Interactive Content Catalog

HTC began hinting at the Vive Pro last week by posting "new year, new resolution" messages on social media and within the company's SteamVR "Home" hub. The Wireless Adapter is coming in the fourth quarter of this year, while more information on the Vive Pro's price and availability are coming "soon". One of the complaints of the original Vive was that it was hard to adjust and heavy, and you had to plug in headphones, creating another cable dangling to potentially upset your VR experience.

If the original Vive's boring-gray color did nothing for you, try this shiny shade of blue.

"Vive Pro is a new HMD upgrade from Vive, built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users who want the best display and audio for their VR experiences", the company said in a recent press release.

In addition to the new headset, HTC is also expected to announce a new wireless adapter that will support both the HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro headsets.

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It also has a slightly new design, compared with the original Vive. HTC Vive knows that no one wants to be tied to a leash while playing in VR.

In good news for resolution-hungry owners of the original, HTC confirmed that the Vive Pro will be available in a headset-only SKU, and that it will remain compatible with existing HTC Vive tracking boxes and wands. It offers two OLED displays with a combined resolution of 2880x1600, which is a 78% increase over the 2160x1200 resolution of the standard Vive. The new portal features sample VR previews that give quick interactive glimpses into a game. The full Vive Pro kit with 2.0 tracking is said to ship in the Summer time frame. "Available in early access today, Viveport VR increases interaction with content and offers developers a preview that showcases the quality of their titles and experiences". Beyond improvements to the user interface, HTC is adding Vimeo videos to the platform. It runs in the 60GHz band to cut down on potential interference and uses Intel's WiGig specifications. There's no word on when the wireless adapter is going to be available, or how much it will cost.

First published January 8 at 1:06 p.m. PT. Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds that existing consumers will also be able to buy the Vive Pro later this quarter.

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