HTC Vive Pro announced, brings higher resolution and built in audio

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It was teased a week ago, but HTC have finally unveiled their newest VR headset. The Vive Pro will bring a lot of new features and upgrades to the popular virtual reality segment of HTC.

Right off the bat, the new headset is going to offer a massive 79-percent increase in resolution; going from 1,200 x 1,080 per eye all the way up to 1,400 x 1,600 per eye. That’s 2,160 x 1,200 vs 2,800 x 1,600 overall resolution.

The audio side of things take its up a few levels, with the original HTC Vive offering a standard 3.5mm headphones jack. The new HTC Vive Pro will include built in headphones with integrated amplifier. We also get dual microphones for active noise cancellation.

Wireless adaptor and new base stations

The launch of the new headset, also brings forward some new base stations and a wireless adaptor. Allowing users to go completely wireless with their headset, much like the TPCast device already avaialble. The new base stations will be required for the wireless adaptor, but also bring increased room scale tracking up to 10×10 metres.

The good news is the wireless adaptor and sensors are backwards and forwards compatible, they will work with the new and old headsets. HTC have already promised the release of the headset only as an option for those that wish to use their current sensors, and that will be avaialble within the next few months, with the completely package with new base stations being made avaialble later this year.

There is also the front cameras on the device, but not much was mentioned about them, but it’s possible we will see some AR related abilities in the future, or they could simply be for navigating without needing to take the headset off. Hopefully more will be announced regarding them in the future.

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