HTC untethers VR with Vive Pro, Wireless

The company also partnered with Vimeo to integrate more video content into a revamped version of its Vive Video app, and now lets users choose the next video while they still watch the current clip - perhaps laying the foundation for binge-watching in VR.

Almost two years after the launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality system, its creators have finally revealed a hardware revision for the headset: the HTC Vive Pro. Unlike any other platform, you'll be able to demo VR games in the VR world through the Vive headset prior to purchasing a title.

"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", said Daniel O'Brien, GM of HTC Vive, said in a statement.

HTC Vive also announced an optional Wireless Adaptor for both Vive and Vive Pro, allowing you to cut the cord from your headset and go completely wireless. That's a 78-percent jump from the original Vive headset's screen resolution of 2160x1200.

This new HTC Vive Pro has dual microphones built-in, as well as a new pair of cameras.

HTC is introducing a fairly major upgrade for its Vive platform at CES today.

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But for those interested in owning the next step, HTC hasn't committed to exact release dates - for the Vive Pro, or for a proper successor to the now available Vive.

To start, there are dual-OLED displays, with a resolution of 2880 x 1600. The full Vive Pro kit with 2.0 tracking is said to ship in the Summer time frame.

In addition, the company debuted new improvements in how VR users discover, experience and acquire VR content through a radical redesign of Viveport VR and Vive Video. Thanks to that bump, HTC says "text, graphics, and [the] overall experience all come into sharper view".

The Vive Pro will work with the current 1.0 base stations for positional tracking, as well as Valve's previously announced but unreleased 2.0 base stations.

Intel's WiGig wireless technology is based on the 802.11ad standard, but it operates at the 60GHz band.

Beyond the blue colouring and a slightly tighter design, the Vive Pro also features a redesigned head strap, making it easier for users to resize to suit their unique noggins.

  • Douglas Reid