HTC Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor unveiled at pre-CES event
HTC surely can't wait to announce its latest VR system, the Vive Pro, and the Vive Wireless Adaptor, that's why it already did on 9 Jan, before the CES proper started on 10 Jan. The new headset arrives with some remarkable upgrades from its predecessor.
Before the prestigious Consumer Electronics Show event has gone officially live on 10 Jan, we already saw a slew of product reveals and announcements including that of the HTC's VR company, Vive, which unveiled the Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor on 9 Jan. The sequel to the first-gen Vive VR system arrived nearly two years after it initially launched back in 2016. Design-wise, the newly-outed Vive Pro resembles its predecessor a lot as it has the same vent holes on its front fascia. However, the upgraded VR device now includes dual front-facing cameras, a new headstrap for the headset which comes with integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier, a sizing dial to maintain balance and decrease device weight, and dual microphones with active noise cancellation features. Unlike the original one which was available in black, the Vive Pro comes in blue.
As far as specs are concerned, the HTC Vive Pro still sports dual OLED displays with the only difference is that it arrives with an increased resolution of 2880 x 1600 pixels from the former's screen with 2160 x 1200 pixels, which is a 78 percent increase over the HTC Vive. For sure, the spec bump seems to good to be true, but the main selling point of the headset is said to be its accompanying accessory, the Vive Wireless Adaptor. The wishbone-shaped box can take the VR to the next level by allowing you to use the Vive Pro wirelessly.
The Vive Wireless Adaptor uses Intel's WiGig technology, which operates in an interference-free 60 GHz band, offers a premium VR wireless experience, resulting in lower latency and improved performance. It will start shipping in the third quarter of 2018 to customers across the globe. As for the Vive Pro VR system, there's still no official information yet regarding its pricing and availability.
- Images from vive.com