HTC and Valve are taking the Vive to all new places with the new Vive Pro, which was announced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The new HTC Vive Pro features improved display resolution at a combined 2880 x 1600 output, which is said to be a 78% higher pixel render rate over the original HTC Vive.
Over on the Vive blog, they announced that the HTC Vive comes with the equivalent of the deluxe audio strap to replace the cheap headphones that come with the vanilla Vive. The base headstrap has also been overhauled for a new ergonomic design so that the HMD is no longer front-loaded in its weight. It will also feature a noise canceling dual microphone, and dual front-facing cameras.
The additional straps and adjusters will make a huge difference in the quality of life department as a wearable. The biggest problem with the current vanilla Vive is that it’s uncomfortable, bulky, cumbersome and difficult to adjust.
That’s not to mention that you have to buy a bunch of accessories just to make it a viable VR HMD, such as the deluxe audio strap and the TPCast Wireless Adapter.
Speaking of wireless adapters… HTC will have their own official 60Hz band wireless adapter for both the vanilla Vive and the Vive Pro. It will utilize WiGig tech and will be available in the third quarter of 2018. No price was given for the premium wireless adapter, but if the TPCast is $299, don’t expect anything less from the Vive’s adapter.
But wait… there’s more!
Valve and HTC have signed a deal with Vimeo, where they will be improving and expanding the video compatibilities and content that can be streamed through the HTC Vive headsets. This partnership will see new 180 and 360-degree video content made available for Vive headsets, along with expanding availability of the new Vive Video service for Google Daydream and Vive Wave.
Christophe Gillet, the general manager of Vimeo’s creator platform, mentioned in the blog post…
“Not only does the integration with Vive Video showcase some of Vimeo’s highest quality, human-curated content within the VR experience, but it also gives those creators an exciting new way to expose their work and engage with audiences.”
As mentioned, pricing and availability were not announced during the CES presentation.
The current Vive is already north of $500, so don’t expect the Vive Pro to be any less than $700. The wireless adapter, while nice, is also likely going to cost you an arm and a leg, putting the total package anywhere just shy or just above $1,000 in total.
The real kicker here is that there still isn’t any software available for VR headsets to justify the exorbitant prices. Heck, even Ugandan Knuckles won’t be able to convince normies to dive into the fray paying out an arm and a leg to do so.