Nearly two years after the launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality system, its creators have finally suggested a hardware rider for the headset: the HTC Vive Pro. The fixing gathering hints at what to expect. The rested headset, which now has no price, will arrive in “Q1” of 2018, and it adds one outrageous upgrade (and a few tiny ones) to an differently familiar-looking Vive.
During a CES 2018 press conference, HTC reliable sum from a trickle progressing on Monday. The trickle indicated that the Vive Pro’s screen will embody a total fortitude of 2880×1600 pixels. That’s a 78-percent burst from the strange Vive headset’s screen fortitude of 2160×1200.
The new headset also includes built-in headphones, a new tag to “improve balance,” a second microphone to support with noise-cancellation features, a second “stereo” outward-facing camera, and reduced headset weight. HTC hasn’t disclosed accurately how much lighter it will be.
We’ll have to wait and see either the Pro’s headset fit or built-in audio offer poignant improvements over last year’s headphone-strap release, or either the Pro’s lenses or other elements accept conspicuous upgrades. We know that the new device will default as a connected VR system, however, and we can almost positively endorse that it will not offer an softened field-of-view (FOV). That’s interjection to the new fortitude adapting to the strange Vive’s fortitude ratio.
Sources prove to Ars that the softened fortitude will compensate off quite good for apps such as training simulations. HTC hasn’t nonetheless mentioned increasing PC-spec mandate for this newer, higher-res Vive, however. The company is equally rival about either the Vive Pro will use any resolution-smoothing tricks for weaker PCs.
In good news for resolution-hungry owners of the original, HTC reliable that the Vive Pro will be accessible in a headset-only SKU and that it will sojourn concordant with existent HTC Vive tracking boxes and wands. The full Vive Pro bundle—which will ship with “2.0” versions of the bottom tracking stations—will launch at a after date. (The Vive Pro will also support a tracking-area boost of up to 10 meters squared, which requires 4 2.0 bottom stations.)
HTC did not discuss if or either the company would start production softened HTC Vive controllers or either they would work off of Valve’s “Knuckles” spec for a new SteamVR controller. The Knuckles do not, as of yet, have a reliable open release. (Perhaps the full Vive Pro bundle, with controllers and tracking boxes, will embody a controller upgrade, but HTC is remaining silent for now.)
HTC began hinting at the Vive Pro last week by posting “new year, new resolution” messages on social media and within the company’s SteamVR “Home” hub.
Additionally, HTC announced plans to recover its own Vive Wireless Adapter, which, like the TPCast, will block into a Vive-equipped mechanism to promote its video vigilance wirelessly. HTC’s chronicle will occupy Intel’s WiGig wireless-transmission protocol, as against to TPCast’s use of a different 60GHz standard. Coincidentally, TPCast has already announced plans at this year’s CES to furnish a TPCast Plus apartment of hardware, which promises improvements such as microphone support and several tweaks to how it handles wireless data.
CES appears to have other players in the wireless-VR space, as well, and we’ll do the best at Ars to cover or go hands on with any earnest VR demos, generally any with the HTC Vive Pro.
Update: Shortly after the Vive Pro’s reveal, HTC posted a spec-loaded product page which answers a few some-more questions about the product. As assumed, its FOV stays the same as the strange Vive, at 110 degrees, and its new trustworthy headphones are removable, should you prefer to use your own. Its default information tie will change from USB Type-A to USB Type-C, and an updated face pillow includes a new “petal”-styled nose flap. Meanwhile, the Pro’s central outline hints at an updated “VR chaperone” system, which could advantage from the new span of front-facing cameras to better map a user’s surroundings.
The essay has been updated to scold an blunder about meters squared.