HTC Announces Beefed-Up Vive VR Headset

HTC Announces Beefed-Up Vive VR Headset
The Vive Pro headset offers 1400 x 1600 resolution in each eye and works with existing Vive setups.

(CCM) — HTC has announced a new turbo-charged version of its Vive virtual reality headset called the Vive Pro.

Priced at $799, the new headset is a drop-in replacement for the older Vive in VR setups which are already equipped with HTC's lighthouse tracking beacons and controllers. A full package which includes the headset, beacons, and controllers will be announced at a future date.

The Vive Pro has a substantially higher resolution than its predecessor, offering a 1400 x 1600 display for each eye, compared to just 1080 x 1200 on the older version. It is also designed to be more comfortable and convenient, featuring built-in headphones, a redesigned face cushion and nose pad that blocks more light, and a dial to adjust the headstrap in place of a Velcro fastening.

HTC is offering a free Viveport subscription for six months to anyone who buys the Vive Pro before June 3, 2018. The subscription, which allows users to pick and play up to five VR games from the Viveport store per month, is normally offered at a cost of $6.99 per month.

At the same time, HTC has slashed $100 off the price of the older Vive headset, which now retails at $499. The company said that the Vive headset will continue to be offered at least until the end of 2018.

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