HTC announces Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor

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HTC has announced an upgrade to the Vive, which bumps up the VR headset's resolution and gives it a new name, HTC Vive Pro.

Vive Pro's key improvement over the original base system, boosting the resolution from 2160×1200 to 2880×1600, making for a 78% increase in resolution. Additional improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras created to empower developer creativity.

While it keeps the same shape as the basic Vive, the Pro comes in a new blue shell and, more importantly, has built-in headphones, dual mics and an amplifier, promising to offer some nice 3D spatial audio. Designed for VR enthusiasts, the HTC Vive Pro utilises dual OLED displays to ensure high contrast and pin-sharp images with text that's actually readable.

We'll be trying the HTC Vive Pro at CES, so look out for our impressions soon.

Additionally, HTC announced plans to release its own Vive Wireless Adapter, which, like the TPCast, will plug into a Vive-equipped computer to broadcast its video signal wirelessly. Available in the second half of 2018, the adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide. "Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", Frank Soqui, GM of the virtual reality group at Intel, said in a statement.

The Viveport shop now has more than 2,000 apps now, more than 40% being free of charge. "Until now, there has not been a shopping and browsing experience that takes advantage of the full functionality of VR".

Viveport VR is available in Early Access for you to try out. This new feature will allow users to shop for their favorite VR games in the virtual world. It works with both the Vive and the Vive Pro and will be coming sometime this summer.

The company also unveiled the Vive Wireless Adaptor today, for both models of the headset. The latter feature should please developers looking to create content.

In the new Vive Video experience, a curated selection of Vimeo content will be made available to browse and view in a highly optimized native VR experiences within Vive Video-compatible headsets.