HTC Vive Pro revealed alongside Vive Wireless Adaptor

Posted January 09, 2018

It's a slight shame that HTC Vive hasn't jumped for a meaty 4K resolution, but seeing as even as Nvidia's GTX 1080ti would struggle to push out 4K per eye for VR, it's somewhat sensible to scale ambitions down.

A HTC Vive refresh has been touted since late 2016.

Surprisingly, HTC's new device doesn't include updated optics to complement the new displays (or, at least HTC didn't say so). For those already using a standard HTC Vive, that's a 78% increase in resolution over the same panel space.

Christophe Gillet is GM of Vimeo's Creator Platform, believes the incorporation of Vimeo to Vive Video will give a whole new wave of quality VR content to a whole new audience; "Whether we're building our own tools in-house or partnering with other innovative platforms, Vimeo is committed to the future of storytelling and finding new ways to support our creators". With this new set of headphones, the whole headset is able to be more balanced than the original. This is meant to be more comfortable and can be customized with a sizing dial that reduces the amount of weight on the front of the headset, the company said.

HTC didn't discuss the minimum requirements for the Vive Pro, but the device's high resolution will no doubt put additional strain on the graphics pipeline, and it will likely demand an incredible PC to operate.

Elsewhere, HTC also announced a wireless adapter, which will work with both the Vive and Vive Pro. As it seems, its announcement might come sooner than expected, as rumors indicate that we might see an HTC Vive Pro at CES 2018 today. Where before a cord (cord bundle) of significant size needed to run from the headset, over the head, and down the back of the user, now noone will need any of that business going on. "Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilize the best VR experience".

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The Vive Pro and the wireless adaptor are two features that may help foster more interest from mainstream consumers.

Aside from the improved screen resolution, the HTC Vive Pro has also had a lick of paint, this time sporting a rather fetching metallic blue finish. Stick close to SlashGear for more data on this front!