VR enthusiasts should start setting aside money now - the HTC Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless Adapter have been announced according to a blog post on the Vive website.
The HTC Vive Pro features dual OLED displays with a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600 and integrated headphones with a built-in-amplifier. In short, it seems to be a straight upgrade from the current HTC Vive. Aside from the fancy new visual and audio tech, the ergonomics of the headset have been revamped for a more comfortable fit. The center of gravity has been changed up a bit which should make the Pro feel a bit less front-heavy and sit on your head a little more comfortably. Additionally, the new headset will feature two front-facing cameras which should present some interesting new opportunities for developers to work with augmented reality games. Have a gander at an overview of the new look & enhanced features of the HTC Vive Pro by watching the Announcement Trailer:
Aside from an upgraded headset, HTC is giving gamers the option to do away with that nasty tether that keeps them grounded in reality. The Vive Wireless Adapter uses Intel WiGig technology in the 60 GHz band which should help cut down on latency and provide a good experience overall. The headset will be powered by a battery pack wired to the device that you can stick in your pocket or clip onto your body. A base station of sorts will need to be set up alongside the two existing sensors for the headset itself. The Vive Wireless Adapter is expected to launch in the third quarter of 2018.
Details on how much the Vive Pro & the separate Vive Wireless adapter will cost will be announced soon. You can read up on the technical specs of the upcoming new VR goodies by heading over to the Vive website.