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Google Announces New Standalone, Wireless VR Headset

Google Announces New Standalone, Wireless VR Headset

The Vive Pro is an upgraded version of the Vive, while the Vive Wireless Adaptor accessory finally gets rid of the dragging cables that have annoyed me since I first put on an Oculus Rift DK1.

HTC revealed a new Vive Pro at the show, but what most VR fans want is the wireless adapter that got shown off in 2017.

HTC/ViveThe new VIVE Pro is the latest fully featured Virtual Reality system VIVE has ever made.

In addition to the Vive Pro, HTC also announced a Vive Wireless Adaptor that will be compatible with all Vive HMDs.

"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. The new adapter supports automatic restart, wireless interference reduction, and automatic wireless channel detection that substantially improves the stability of the Wireless VR connectivity. Now, the new Base Station units were set up in HTC's booth at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The said Pro version will have a pixel count of almost 80 percent higher than the core model, making the resolution 1,440 x 1,600 per panel (2,880 x 1,600 combined), which is quite a step up from the default 1,080 x 1,200 (2,160 x 1,200 together) of the standard model. It features the same 110-degree field of view and 90Hz refresh rate, which translates to a sharper picture that keeps the same wide angle and smooth motion as the Vive.




According to HTC, this enhances the immersive experience for VR players. HTC is remaining quiet about what the stereo cameras represent, but they could make the Vive Pro eventually work with Windows Mixed Reality. It uses Intel's WiGig technology, connecting to a PC in the 60GHz band instead of the more common 2.4 and 5GHz bands.

This will be called the Vive Wireless Adaptor and will provide a better movement range for the owners since it will no longer be attached.

I tried out the Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor separately at CES.

The creators of the HTC Vive Pro carefully approached the issue of load distribution on the user's head. The Vive Pro impressed me with its sharpness, and now stands as the most crisp VR experience I've tried. The adaptor will be shipping in Q3 but the Vive Pro details on price and availability for the Vive Pro will be coming in the future.

The tech company also showed off the Vive Wireless Adapter, which is created to work with both the Vive and Vive Pro.


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