Vive Pro to retail for $799, standard Vive gets $100 price drop

Vive Pro to retail for $799, standard Vive gets $100 price drop

The new HTC Vive Pro is available to pre-order in super-limited quantities right now, for £800. 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. The new headset can still be used with the base stations and controllers that came with the standard Vive, so it's simple to upgrade. The VIVE Pro does feature a USB-C port, while the original VIVE was limited to USB 2.0, so that's a nice little upgrade that isn't necessarily earth shattering. "There has never been a better time for VR fans to unleash their imagination with the most complete VR platform available".

The increased resolution, which has been pushed up from 1080 x 1220 pixels per eye, to 2880 x 1600 pixels and 615 dpi per eye, also reduces the "screen-door" effect many high-end VR headsets suffer from. According to HTC, the resolution is a 78% increase over the original Vive HMD.

The HTC Vive Pro was announced at CES 2018 along with a Vive Wireless Adapter.

HTC claims the Vive Pro is more comfortable than the regular Vive
HTC claims the Vive Pro is more comfortable than the regular

To date, the VR world has been split between expensive and complex PC-based headsets, like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, and untethered phone-based VR headsets. The Vive launched two years ago, and while the entire VR market has evolved a bit slower than many enthusiasts were expecting, it's clear that virtual reality is here to stay.

The Vive Pro will start shipping on April 5th for $799. One change, however, is the lack of an HDMI port on the new VIVE Pro link box, so you'll need a graphics card with an open DisplayPort 1.2 connector. Meanwhile, HTC is pushing itself to improve the VR experience with higher resolution displays, more robust room-scale tracking, and additional features.

"What this does, with the higher pixel density, is give you the ability to read in VR", HTC Vive general manager Daniel O'Brien told Polygon.

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