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Remember when last week, HTC did a major tease featuring a new headset with better resolution than the previous models?

HTC has not announced pricing and availability for either device, but the Vive Pro is expected in Q1 while the wireless adaptor is coming around the "summer". The sharper the image a headset can present, the more convincing the virtual environment is.

That's not to say VR is dying. This will make it easier to decide if you want to download, whether it's one of 1,000 standalone titles or the 325 available for subscription.

In good news for resolution-hungry owners of the original, HTC confirmed that the Vive Pro will be available in a headset-only SKU, and that it will remain compatible with existing HTC Vive tracking boxes and wands.

Stay tuned to IGN next week during CES for the latest on HTC's Vive announcement.


In addition to the Vive Pro, HTC also introduced a new wireless adapter that will allow consumers to use the headset without being tied with cables to their PC. Vive Video solves the discovery and acquisition problem for VR video content by delivering a large catalog of high quality streaming video directly to VR headsets. Vive Pro includes dual-OLED displays for a crisp picture resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Intel GM Frank Soqui.

The headset also interestingly now features dual-front-facing cameras accessible to developers, who can presumably use them for inside-out tracking and mixed reality applications.

The Vive Pro, meanwhile, offers a few new bells and whistles. The headset itself looks far less clunky than the original, and HTC has added a blue color to the key elements and the front display.

HTC's update to its VR platform comes at an important time for the VR landscape. These VR previews are "interactive glimpses of content that give customers a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing".


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