HTC have announced a big new revision to their VR display.
Now Playing: Watch this: HTC's Vive Tracker adds lots of accessories to your VR. Not only does the Pro promise a massive improvement over the original Vive, the promise of a potentially wireless experience puts HTC pretty far ahead of its competitors.
We'll have more on Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless Adaptor as it's made available. However, the new headset was revealed on HTC's Chinese website, and there's no word on a western release at this time. When HTC introduced the Vive, the display panels in the headset were at the cutting edge of LCD design.
Jordan Sirani is a freelance writer for IGN. The company posted an illustration of a Vive headset with the caption "New Year's" in blurry text and "Resolution" in crisp text, which indicated that the company had something secret up its sleeve. "Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience". The current Vive headset is not compatible with the upcoming base stations. The original HTC Vive headset features a display that is capable of displaying just 2160 x 1200 pixel images.
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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.
HTC said that the Vive Pro would be available later this quarter as an upgrade kit for existing Vive owners.
Also worth noting are the dual front-facing cameras, one more than the current Vive, which HTC says are to "empower developer creativity". This is not believed to be the fabled HTC Vive 2, however. This means you'll be able to get a real taste of games and experiences, complete with all the room-scale and interactions, before you buy, rather than judging them by watching a 2D video.
We'll have to wait and see whether the Pro's headset fit or built-in audio offer significant improvements over last year's headphone-strap release, or whether the Pro's lenses or other elements receive noticeable upgrades.