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HTC announces Vive Pro with better specs for enterprise

HTC announces Vive Pro with better specs for enterprise

At its event, HTC also introduced the Vive Wireless Adaptor that wirelessly connects the Vive or Vive Pro to a nearby PC. But with a barrage of Windows Mixed Reality headsets offering higher resolution for cheaper, HTC needed to step up its hardware game.

HTC has interestingly integrated two cameras in front of the headset that developers will be able to use to power augmented reality experiences, although details on that will be revealed closer to the release. We tried a prototype of this back at GDC, which had several protruding wires held together by tape, but the final version looks much more ready for use.

The new headset will be called the HTC Vive Pro. "By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel's WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers".

The highlight of the new system is the improved combined 2880 by 1600 resolution from its dual-OLED displays, which the company boasts is a 78 percent increase over the original Vive. These VR previews are "interactive glimpses of content that give customers a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing".

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.

"Viveport is moving to a VR first experience model, and with the all-new Viveport VR, we are changing the way consumers discover, experience and acquire VR content", said Rikard Steiber, president, Viveport. It's finding an early niche in immersive attractions, where you can strap on a rented headset and wander around, dodge stormtroopers and even work up a sweat. Consumer Technology Association forecasted Monday the VR market will see record growth in 2018 with AR/VR headsets and eyewear selling 4.9 million units in the U.S. in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017). On the current model, the headphones were only available as an add on.

Viveport is also coming as a VR experience to the Vive, letting users browse and purchase products from the store from within their Vive headset. Both are available immediately.


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