HTC announces beefed up VR headset for enterprises

There are now dual mics and dual cameras up-front for developers to make merry of and also there's a redesigned headstrap for more comfortable viewing.

HTC explained that the the Pro works with 1.0 AND 2.0 SteamVR tracking technology. The first one is an improved VIVE Pro with 78% increase in resolution thanks to dual-OLED displays at 2880 x 1600 combined. One thing to note is that for those who have already ordered a wired version, there is a wireless adaptor for the VR headset, meaning they will not have to purchase the model again.

"There's a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset", Daniel O'Brien, general manager of HTC's VIVE in the USA market, said in a statement. The new adapters for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will fully support microphone capabilities, increased stability and anti-interference, thus significantly enhancing both consumer and enterprise VR user experience.

While the likes of LG, Samsung and Sony stole the spotlight on Monday at CES 2018, HTC sneaked in a surprise announcement of its own before the day was over.

HTC's original Vive headset first launched nearly a couple of years ago, and VR headsets, particularly on the higher-end, have come a long way since then. According to HTC, this will reduce latency and improve performance. The original HTC Vive only supports 1080 x 1200 pixels per eye, and to 2160 x 1200 pixels total. Using Intel WiGig technology, it provides even better immersion for users. Furthermore, the TPCast Wireless adapter requires a dedicated router (included in the box) that makes setup complicated and cumbersome, and it can interfere with your existing home network.

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The Vive was first introduced to the market in 2015 and went on global sale in April 2016.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", Frank Soqui, general manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation said. The Vive Pro impressed me with its sharpness, and now stands as the most crisp VR experience I've tried.

The Vive Pro also features high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier that offers a heightened sense of presence and richer sound, HTC said.

The Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor are extremely promising, and we'll take a closer look at them later this year when we get them into the lab. HTC hasn't announced pricing or availability for the Vive Pro or Vive Wireless Adaptor, but expects to ship the adaptor Q3 2018.

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