HTC Vive Pro

PRICE (RRP in USD) $1100
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The Vive Pro doesn’t replace the original Vive as a consumer VR HMD, but brings something much more advanced to the table, for a price of course.The Vive Pro doesn’t replace the original Vive as a consumer VR HMD, but brings something much more advanced to the table, for a price of course.

PROS
  • Potential For High Quality Wireless VR
  • High Quality Display
  • Depth Sensing Capabilities
  • Better Egonomics
CONS
  • High Asking Price
  • Still Beholden to Lighthouse Sensors
  • No Update to Controllers or Sensors
  • Wireless Sold Separately

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HTC gave Oculus a hell of a fight when it launched the original Vive. Not only did they match the pioneering company’s product in the ways that mattered most, they improved on the Rift in several ways. The Vive brought us room-scale tracking and innovative touch controllers, among other things.

The Vive Pro doesn’t replace the original Vive as a consumer VR HMD, but brings something much more advanced to the table, for a price of course. It costs about double the asking price the typical consumer HMD goes for.

While it doesn’t seem as if HTC have gone the fully-contained inside-out tracking route the way Microsoft’s Windows Mixed Reality headsets have, but the Pro does comes equipped with dual front-facing cameras. While all the details are not yet released, we do know that these cameras can track hand motions and it’s almost certain they’ll be used for mixed reality applications as well. According to information from HTC the tracking abilities of the depth-sensing camera are still pretty basic, but more sophisticated software could unlock more potential, er, potentially.

The most exciting feature of the Vive Pro actually has nothing to do with it’s VR chops or tracking abilities at all. This HMD is one of the first in the world to offer the option of wireless VR. By using Intel’s WiGig technology HTC have managed to create a wireless module that can provide latency low enough to meet the immersion and presence standards of commercial VR. That’s no mean feat given the required bandwidth. Current owners of the adapter won’t have to feel left out either, since it will be sold separately and is promised to work with the original model as well.

Apart from these big-ticket changes, the new Vive Pro is also better ergonomically, fits faces more snugly, blocks out more light and weighs less. The asking price is definitely something many will choke on, but there’s little doubt this is one of the most cutting-edge HMDs coming to market.

SPECIFICATIONS

Display OLED
Panel size Unknown
Resolution 1440x1600
Refresh rate 90Hz
Field of view 110°
Sensors 6DOF, Depth Sensitive Cameras
Connections HDMI, USB, WiGig
Audio Integrated Headphones

SCORES IN DETAIL

Design9
Features9
Performance10
Sound quality9
Value3

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