Saturday, 20 January, 2018

CES 2018: Viveport VR Overhauls Platform With Interactive Content Catalog

HTC VIVE Raises The Bar For Premium VR With New VIVE PRO Upgrade And Wireless VIVE Adaptor - VIVE Blog HTC Vive at CES 2018: New Vive Pro and Wireless Adaptor
Diane Mills | 09 January, 2018, 01:01

Lastly, HTC said it upgraded its native VR video player, Vive Video.

HTC seems to have concentrated on sound as much as sight with the Vive Pro, as the headset features "integrated, high-performance headphones" complete with a built-in amplifier. The sharper the image a headset can present, the more convincing the virtual environment is. The Vive Pro's headstrap includes a sizing dial so the headset is a lot more balanced, and it hopefully won't feel too top heavy at the front. And the higher resolution likely comes with a higher price tag.

That's not to say VR is dying. "Available in early access today, Viveport VR increases interaction with content and offers developers a preview that showcases the quality of their titles and experiences". The original Vive debuted almost two years ago, and the new Vive Pro is clearly created to address some of the complaints of that earlier headset. This device takes what the HTC Vive is and ramps every aspect up another notch.

In addition to the improved screens the HTC Vive Pro will also feature integrated speakers for the first time. There's also new 3D audio which will work with the new and original Vive base stations.

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Vive Pro's new dual-OLED displays feature a resolution of 2880x1600, which is an increase of 78% over the original, bringing greater pixel density and better sharpness to the unit. "Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", Frank Soqui, GM of the virtual reality group at Intel, said in a statement.

The main news for the Vive Pro is the resolution. These VR previews are "interactive glimpses of content that give customers a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing".

There's no talk about pricing right now, but HTC promises there will be a head-mounted display (HMD) replacement plan for current Vive owners later this quarter. Beyond improvements to the user interface, HTC is adding Vimeo videos to the platform.

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