HTC untethers VR with Vive Pro, Wireless

HTC untethers VR with Vive Pro, Wireless

HTC untethers VR with Vive Pro, Wireless

The naming convention hints at what to expect. This device takes what the HTC Vive is and ramps every aspect up another notch.

HTC isn't saying anything on availability or price yet. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of the Vive Pro.

Another improvement over the OG Vive is the integration of a dual front facing camera, dual microphones and headphones with a built-on amplifier. Stick close to SlashGear for more data on this front! As part of the Viveport VR and Viveport Video options, the company will be offering subscriptions for $7 a month, allowing users to try up to five titles each month.

Beyond the blue colouring and a slightly tighter design, the Vive Pro also features a redesigned head strap, making it easier for users to resize to suit their unique noggins. This upcoming adapter leverages Intel's WiGg technology to enable a wireless virtual reality experience with low latency, letting you cut the cord between the Vive and your PC.

Sources indicate to Ars that the improved resolution will pay off particularly well for apps such as training simulations. The Vive Pro offers two OLED display with a combined resolution of 2880x1600, a boost from the 2180 x 1200 of the current Vive.

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The new headset will also come with integrated headphones, and is created to be lighter and more comfortable than the existing Vive headset.

Christophe Gillet is GM of Vimeo's Creator Platform, believes the incorporation of Vimeo to Vive Video will give a whole new wave of quality VR content to a whole new audience; "Whether we're building our own tools in-house or partnering with other innovative platforms, Vimeo is committed to the future of storytelling and finding new ways to support our creators". The Knuckles do not as of yet have a confirmed public release.

While the rival Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR headsets have both been trimmed significantly at various points over the last six months, the Vive has largely remained at its significantly higher RRP. Featuring Intel's WiGig technology, the unit operates in what HTC calls an "interference-free" 60Ghz band for better performance.

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HTC is aware that the Vive is losing its grip on the VR market, and the company is ready with a new device to help it maintain its spot as a top-tier home VR solution provider.

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