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HTC Announces Vive Pro Alongside Wireless Adaptor at CES

January 9, 2018 / 6:39 PM

By: Zack O'Neill

Yesterday at HTC’s CES panel, the next iteration of the Vive was announced: the Vive Pro. The new headset boast a resolution increase from 2160×1200 to 2800×1600, effectively making it “3K”. According to developers who have already had hands-on time with the headset, this significantly reduces the screen door effect that you already get with the Vive and Rift. Along with the new resolution, HTC has replaced the single camera on the Vive with a 3D camera that may be there to help with AR games that could release in the future, as well as an improved headstrap with built-in headphones and 3D audio. There are also some subtle differences in the design that may not be noticeable at first, like the lack of knobs on the side to adjust distance of the screen from your eyes. What got a lot of people excited though is the fact that it will be compatible with the current lighthouses as well as the new ones that Valve has been working on, and will be available as a standalone headset so you don’t have to buy the full set all over again. Pricing and availability is yet to be announced (though they said it will be available Q1 of this year), so its subjective worth over the current Vive is TBD.

The wireless adaptor that Intel’s WiGig technology is going into was also announced at the panel, and will be releasing Q3 of this year. It will be compatible with the current Vive and the Vive Pro, so no need to worry about that. Whether or not it will be better than the TPCast Plus (Also announced yesterday) is yet to be seen, one thing is for sure though: it’s going to look a hell of a lot goofier.

I also reached out to my HTC contact yesterday to get some things potentially cleared up. Here are the questions and responses.

1. Will the dimensions of the face gasket be the same as the current Vive, so current face foam pieces will fit in?

Current foam such as VR covers will fit, although the nose seal is larger to reduce light glare.

2. How does the wireless adapter connect to the Vive, and where will it attach to?

The adaptor connects to the output cables from the top of the Vive or Vive Pro headset. It will sit on the backside of the headstrap.

3. For the HMD-only upgrade, will there be any kind of step-up program to trade in a current Vive for the Pro?

No announcement on this today.

4. Can you say anything about pricing or availability?

Vive Pro HMD upgrade will be late q1 timeframe. No news on pricing, yet or exact availability.

5. Will the release coincide with the release of Valve’s Knuckles controllers? If so will there be a bundle available?

You’ll have to check with Valve on this one.

So still not a ton of news yet, but hopefully things will develop quickly. If it is set to be released this quarter, we’ll have to see some announcements soon.

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Zack started working at VGTribune at 15 years old and has been gaming since the the age of 2. He is currently in college studying film and technology with plans to continue in the game industry. He’s also really good at Counter Strike.

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