HTC today has unveiled a brand-new virtual reality headset in the form of Vive Pro. While its general design might be similar to the original Vive but HTC has implemented several new features that seem enough to differentiate both headset apart.
For example, the resolution of the dual AMOLED 3.5-inch displays on Vive Pro is listed at 1440 x 1600 per eye or 2800 x 1600 when combined. This is much higher than the displays on the original Vive which is 1080 x 1200 per eye or 2160 x 1200 combined.
According to HTC, the increase in display resolution allows users to experience VR through Vive Pro with enhanced immersion and clarity. The company has also directly integrated a pair of headphones with built-in amplifier into the new headset although worry not, they are actually removable.
Other hardware improvements that Vive Pro also offers is dual microphone with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing camera. HTC also stated that it has improved the ergonomics of the headset by including a redesigned head strap complete with a sizing dial on its back.
In terms of availability, the new headset will be first released as a stand-alone upgrade to existing Vive owners within first quarter of 2018. However, the release date of the full bundle as well as pricing information will only be announced later.