Back in January, we revealed HTC is launching a new lineup of VR tech starting with the HTC Vive Pro headset. Considering there are a lot of brands entering the VR game these days, it wouldn’t have been particularly enticing, except the Vive Pro has a wireless adapter.
Resourceful readers might take that to mean you’re going to be able to enjoy virtual reality, completely tether free? Yes, that is absolutely what it means, and we couldn’t be any more excited than we are now.
HTC Vive Pro Headset Available for Pre-Order Now at $799
The HTC Vive Pro headset is “next-generation” VR, and includes wireless support (coming soon).
You can now pre-order the HTC Vive Pro headset at your discretion.
Understandably, the Vive Pro is more expensive than the previous model—which, by the way, will receive a price cut of $100 to $499 in the wake of this news. But there’s a solid reason for this. The new Vive Pro isn’t a minimal upgrade for the old model. Instead it’s a leap forward to the “next-generation” of VR technology, namely the untethered kind. The wireless adapter isn’t available just yet, so for now, you’re still confined to wired connections.
Of course, the price jump is also because the Vive Pro is considerably more powerful. It comes with controllers and a base station for room-scale tracking, and everything you need is included in the bundle sans maybe a game or two. The display is of a much higher quality, with two OLEDs—one for each eye—at a combined resolution of 2,880 by 1,600. The image and audio will also be sharper and more immersive, according to HTC. The built-in headphones incorporate 3D audio and noise cancellation support to drown out ambient noise.
For tracking, the Vive Pro incorporates dual, front-mounted depth-sensing cameras which are designed to be both more accurate and more reliable. Of course, it will take some time before game and content developers start making use of the technology.
You may also be pleased to know that the headstrap is more comfortable allowing for longer play sessions. If you’ve ever used the older HTV Vive, you understand the importance of this upgrade. Let’s just say you might have experienced some chafing in the past. Although, I don’t think the headset is responsible for any chafing you might have experienced on your inner thighs, you should probably get that checked out.