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HTC untethers VR with Vive Pro, Wireless

HTC untethers VR with Vive Pro, Wireless

In addition to the display improvements, there are also some design changes in the Vive Pro that aim to allow users to quickly put on the headset and adjust it for maximum comfortability.

The aptly titled Vive Wireless Adaptor uses Intel WiGig technology and runs on the 60 Ghz band, which HTC describes as "interference-free" and will, as a result, provide "lower latency and better performance". The key to VR is immersion, and better resolution makes that possible.

Viveport VR is available in Early Access for you to try out.

CES appears to have other players in the wireless-VR space, as well, and we'll do our best at Ars to cover or go hands on with any promising VR demos, especially any with the HTC Vive Pro.

Also unveiled today, the Vive Wireless Adaptor will be the first to market with a truly wireless VR headset integration for both Vive and Vive Pro. 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 isn't saying when exactly the new Vive will be available for purchase, or how much it will cost as of yet, though. HTC Vive touts this as empowering more creativity for developers, but it's yet to really show just how they can be utilised.

But for those interested in owning the next step, HTC hasn't committed to exact release dates - for the Vive Pro, or for a proper successor to the now available Vive. 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.

"Vive we truly believe is the industry standard when it comes to VR", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of the HTC Vive. The new portal features sample VR previews that give quick interactive glimpses into a game.

Vive Pro also features built-in, high-performance headphones with an in-line amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound.

The Vive Pro will be backwards compatible with existing Vive applications as well as the company's room-scale trackers.

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.


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