HTC Launches Viveport VR

by Edgar Hayes January 9, 2018, 0:42
HTC Launches Viveport 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. "Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience".

That's particularly the case for high-end VR systems like the Vive or rival Oculus Rift, a headset from Facebook's Oculus unit. The refreshed headset, which now has no price, will arrive in "Q1" of 2018, and it adds one huge upgrade, and a few small ones, to an otherwise familiar-looking Vive.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor solves one of those issues, and will use Intel's WiGig technology, which is like a super-charged form of Wi-Fi able to shoot lots of data across the air to short distances.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation.

Thankfully, HTC says it'll continue to offer the original HTC Vive headset, at least through 2018. That's essentially the same as the resolution of the display used by the original HTC Vive, which delivers 2160×1200 for both eyes.

There's no word on pricing or availability yet, but the Vive Pro should command a premium.

HTC seems to have concentrated on sound as much as sight with the Vive Pro, as the headset features "integrated, high-performance headphones" complete with a built-in amplifier.

HTC's update to its VR platform comes at an important time for the VR landscape.

HTC also unveiled a redesigned customer experience, adding a virtual reality version of its Viveport catalog of games and media.

There's also a new wireless solution coming this summer. "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".

The announcement certainly continues a trend in the VR industry for upgrades and improvements as the main headsets enter their second year.

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