HTC is upgrading its high-end PC VR headset, the Vive Pro.
HTC has today announced two new headsets, both of which are due out over the coming weeks. The first is the consumer-focused Vive Pro 2, which arrives June 4.
The Vive Pro 2 is the successor to the high-end, PC VR headset from 2018. It sports a 5K resolution display, with 2.5K per eye and a 120Hz panel. The headset’s field of view has been expanded to 120 degrees achieved through a “dual stacked-lens design”, which HTC says “virtually eliminates” the dreaded screen door effect.
The new headset supports Display Stream Compression, but is backwards compatible with DisplayPort 1.2. The Vive Pro 2 offers IPD adjustments, and an adjustable head strap. There’s also a sizing dial for owners to further customise the fit. The headset supports external headphones, and comes with its own 3D spatial sound-supporting headphones.
Like its predecessor, the new headset will also work with all Vive SteamVR accessories – including all generations of Vive Trackers, and the Vive Facial Tracker.
“Vive Pro 2 will slot into an existing SteamVR setup – whether it’s Base Station 1.0 or Base Station 2.0, older Vive controllers, or even controllers and gloves like Valve’s Index ‘knuckle’ controllers,” HTC said.
The Vive Pro will be available to pre-order today at 10am PT, 1pm ET, 6pm UK for a special pre-order price of $749 / £659 / €739. It will go on sale June 4. There’s also a full kit – available August 4 – featuring the Pro 2, Base Station 2.0, and Vive Controllers for an eye-watering $1,399 / £1,299 / €1,399.
Alongside the Vive Pro refresh, HTC also announced a new all-in-one (standalone) headset for business: the Vive Focus 3. It, too, has a 5K resolution, and a 120-degree FOV. The panel’s refresh rate is only 90Hz, however, a drop from the Pro 2.
The Vive Focus 3 arrives June 24, priced $1,300 / £1,060 / €1,180.
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