HTC is refreshing its Vive headset at this time with a brand new Professional mannequin. The unique Vive debuted about two years in the past, and the brand new Vive Professional is clearly designed to handle a number of the complaints of that outdated headset. HTC is rising the decision of the twin OLED show to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), which is a 78 % enhance from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) decision within the present Vive. This decision enhance ought to assist with clear textual content rendering and general graphics, and the bump places the Vive Professional nicely past Oculus Rift or Home windows blended actuality headsets.
In addition to rising the decision, HTC has redesigned the Vive Professional’s headstrap and added built-in headphones. One of many complaints of the unique Vive was that it was troublesome to regulate and ponderous, and also you needed to plug in headphones, leaving one other cable hanging round to doubtlessly disturb your VR expertise. The Vive Professional’s head strap features a sizing dial, so the headset is much more balanced, and hopefully it will not really feel too cumbersome on the entrance. We’ll try it out later at this time to seek out out whether or not this redesign helped with consolation, and whether or not the headset feels lighter in consequence.
HTC has additionally added twin microphones and twin front-facing cameras, designed for builders to reap the benefits of. The headset itself seems to be so much much less clunky than the unique, and HTC has added a blue tint to the important thing components and entrance show. The 2 front-facing cameras seem like eyes, and it is a design that may clearly differentiate it from the unique Vive. HTC is promising launch dates and pricing “will probably be accessible quickly,” however the firm is not making these accessible at this time.
HTC’s Vive Professional 1.0 and a pair of.0 can also be backwards appropriate with SteamVR monitoring, and you should utilize as much as 4 base stations for room monitoring on the Vive Professional. HTC says that the present Vive will probably be on sale by way of 2018 and that HTC will promote the Vive Professional headset standalone to current clients this quarter. A full bundle, and pricing, will probably be accessible later.
Together with the Vive Professional improve, HTC can also be bettering its Viveport App Retailer expertise for the Vive. Most Vive homeowners in all probability purchase apps and video games from SteamVR, however HTC is providing “VR Previews” to entice Vive and Vive Professional homeowners to purchase VR content material. Obtainable in early entry at this time, Viveport VR lets Vive homeowners check out content material with a room-scale preview earlier than buying or subscribing. HTC can also be introducing a Vive wi-fi adapter at this time, with stress mounting on Oculus’ Santa Cruz standalone headset prototype even earlier than it shipped.