HTC has announced the pricing and pre-order details for the updated HTC Vive Pro, due to start shipping April 5. The HTC Vive Pro will cost $799 and has triggered a price drop of the standard model down(affiliate link) to $499. This news comes via the HTC blog, where the company announces its plans for the headset, as well as some further details on when users can get their hands on it. According to the post, the headsets will start shipping on April 5 and those purchased before June 3 will come bundled with a free six-month trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month from the more than 400 titles available.
The Vive Pro comes with dual-OLED displays, making for a clearer image resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD. In addition to visuals, Vive Pro also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier that creates a heightened sense of presence and sound through noise cancellation capabilities. This would position the headset as the most powerful one on the market, setting a new premium for consumers. Daniel O’Brien, HTC Vive General Manager, took to the blog to explain how the pricing makes the device more accessible, as well as the company’s reasons for releasing an updated version:
“With the Vive Pro, we are delivering the best quality display and visual experience to the most discerning VR enthusiasts. Our goal has always been to offer the most premium VR platform available and to drive adoption for VR, by lowering the price of the current Vive, we are making VR more accessible while expanding the potential market for developers. Whether you’re a VR enthusiast or new to the platform, there’s never been a better time to join the most complete VR platform available.”
Owners of the original headset can upgrade and still make use of their base stations and current generation controllers, thanks to the new device supporting both SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0. The HTC Vive Pro was announced earlier this year at CES 2018 and serves as confirmation that HTC is doubling down on virtual reality. Check out the video announcement below and head over to the blog post for full details on how to pre-order (affiliate link).
Will you be upgrading to the HTC Vive Pro? Or are you thinking of picking up the discounted base version? Let us know in the comments.