Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

HTC Launches Viveport VR

HTC Launches Viveport VR

While the rival Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR headsets have both been trimmed significantly at various points over the last six months, the Vive has largely remained at its significantly higher RRP. The Vive Pro will go on sale later this year, most likely at a premium but we're yet to find out an actual price. We have yet to get hands-on experience with either the Vive Pro or the Vive Wireless adapter, but we have a demo appointment tomorrow, so keep checking PC Perspective for our updated impressions of the next generation of VR!

These will be available via a revamped version of the Viveport VR store.

The new HTC Vive Pro. The headset itself looks far less clunky than the original, and HTC has added a blue color to the key elements and the front display. HTC hasn't yet mentioned increased PC-spec requirements for this newer, higher-res Vive, however, nor about whether the Vive Pro will use any resolution-smoothing tricks for weaker PCs.

HTC is introducing a fairly major upgrade for its Vive platform at CES today.

The new headset will also come with integrated headphones, and is created to be lighter and more comfortable than the existing Vive headset.

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During a CES 2018 press conference, HTC confirmed details from a leak earlier on Monday, which indicated that the Vive Pro's screen will include a combined resolution of 2880x1600 pixels. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews". Still, if we're looking at 1,440 x 1,600 per eye just two years on from the initial HTC Vive announcement, it won't take too long for 4K to come along.

The update is called Viveport VR, and it'll put users in a glossy, futuristic environment from where they can access all of Viveport's content, making it easier to discover new videogames and apps.

The Vive Pro will work with the current 1.0 base stations for positional tracking, as well as Valve's previously announced but unreleased 2.0 base stations.

The Vive Pro and the wireless adaptor are two features that may help foster more interest from mainstream consumers. HTC's version will employ Intel's WiGig wireless-transmission protocol, as opposed to TPCast's use of a different 60GHz standard.

The Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with existing Vive applications as well as the company's room-scale trackers.

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