HTC unveiled the HTC Vive Pro, a new VR headset that upgrades the Vive’s audio and resolution in a major way. It also comes with a redesigned headstrap.
The new Vive Pro supports resolutions up to 2880 x 1600, which amounts to a 78 percent increase compared with the original Vive. On the audio side, the company says the Pro’s headphones, which support 3D audio and include a built-in amplifier, can compete with other high-end products.
It also has a slightly new design, compared with the original Vive. HTC redesigned the head strap to make it more comfortable — the company says it will now put less pressure on the front of the head. Additionally, it’s equipped with dual microphones with noise-canceling abilities.
The company hasn’t said how much the new headset will cost, but it will be available during the first quarter of 2018.
The Vive Pro isn’t meant to replace the existing HTC Vive, which will remain on shelves. Instead, the new headset is meant to serve as a new flagship product, with the original Vive becoming the company’s “entry-level” VR headset. (The move helps explain why the company slashed the price of the Vive last year.)
The company also previewed a new wireless adapter, launching this summer, which will enable wireless experiences for the Vive and Vive Pro.
Put all that together and it spells HTC’s biggest VR update to date. Not only does the Pro promise a massive improvement over the original Vive, the promise of a potentially wireless experience puts HTC pretty far ahead of its competitors.