HTC Announces Vive Pro, Wireless Adapter

At CES 2018, HTC unveiled the future of their Vive VR headset, and it’s wireless.

HTC is determined to deliver a premium VR experience to all users, and, at CES 2018, unveiled what’s next for the platform. That next step involves delivering an upgraded headset with Vive Pro, and giving players the ability to experience VR unconfined by wires.

Vive Pro provides a substantial upgrade over the original model. Pro includes dual-OLED displays that deliver a crisp 2880 x 1600 resolution combined, a 78% increase in resolution compared to the current model. Integrated high-performance headphones deliver quality sound to your years, and a redesigned headstrap makes Vive Pro far more comfortable to wear than the original model. The updated headseat also features dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras.

“There’s a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., VIVE. “Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilize the best VR experience.”

HTC also revealed the Vive Wireless Adapter, which is compatible with both the original Vive and Vive Pro. Utilizing Intel’s WiGig technology, the Wireless Adapter allows Vive owners to enjoy VR without the need of wires. Thanks to an interference-free 60Ghz band, latency is kept low so players can enjoy a quality experience.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor features Intel’s WiGig technology and offers a premium VR wireless experience that operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band, which means lower latency and better performance. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide.

“Wireless VR has been on nearly every VR user’s wishlist since the technology was unveiled,” said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation. “By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel’s WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers.”

HTC Vive Pro availability and pricing will be reviewed sometime soon. The Vive Wireless Adapter arrives Q3, though the price remains unknown.