Sunday, 22 July, 2018

HTC Vive Pro Is Sharp, Advanced, and Impressive

Theresa Hayes | 11 January, 2018, 21:44

In addition, the VR system now comes with regular headphones of built into the design, and dual microphones with active noise cancellation.

Following that, Google now announced a new standalone wireless VR Headset named as Mirage Solo. There are now dual mics and dual cameras up-front for developers to make merry of and also there's a redesigned headstrap for more comfortable viewing.

HTC is introducing a few new things at CES. HTC did manage to shave 15% off the weight through improved manufacturing in successive production runs of the Vive, and it seems they've gone even further with the Vive Pro.

"We are committed to the VR/AR market, and have developed wireless VR core technology to enable us to deliver a solid wireless VR solution to a Windows MR HMD." said Michael Liu, TPCAST founder and CEO. This innovative design includes a built-in backplane with a small battery that incorporates all the wireless adapter components into one piece of hardware residing on top of the headset, creating a real and unique wireless solution with no extra cables.

Although the company is yet to unveil detailed information around pricing and availability, the device sports a beefed up display resolution of 2,880x1,600, which is a 78 per cent improvement than the previous model.

HTC is also looking to push the limits of VR technology since it will now be offering a wireless version of the Vive Pro VR headset.

"It's great to see HTC come forward and improve device specs", said Brian Blau, an analyst at Gartner. "We expect that this upgraded product family will lead to a rapid increase of VR content that takes advantage of Wireless Virtual Reality experiences, thus bringing more consumer and enterprise customers into the wireless VR market". HTC showed me the same virtual landscape on a Vive and Vive Pro, and let me compare the experiences. Furthermore, the TPCast Wireless adapter requires a dedicated router (included in the box) that makes setup complicated and cumbersome, and it can interfere with your existing home network.

"Vive Pro is not meant to replace or displace existing Vive".

HTC also announced the VIVE Wireless Adapter based on Intel's WiGig tech. The Vive Wireless Adaptor is HTC's first attempt at embracing a cord-less future for VR and is ready to ship to customers worldwide in sometime in Q3 this year.

The reveal coincided with news that Facebook's Oculus VR division has teamed up with China's Xiaomi.