Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

HTC Launches Viveport VR

HTC Launches Viveport VR

Built for the VR fan that wants the best, the new model will have a 2800 x 1600 OLED display (615ppi). The Vive Pro will go on sale later this year, most likely at a premium but we're yet to find out an actual price. The sharper the image a headset can present, the more convincing the virtual environment is. And the higher resolution likely comes with a higher price tag.

Viveport is also coming as a VR experience to the Vive, letting users browse and purchase products from the store from within their Vive headset.

That's not to say VR is dying. While VR, which transports you to a digital world through a special headset, has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook, Google and Samsung, consumers have been slow to embrace the technology.

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But for those interested in owning the next step, HTC hasn't committed to exact release dates - for the Vive Pro, or for a proper successor to the now available Vive. While there have been third-party add-ons that turn the Vive wireless, HTC is offering an official accessory.

At its event, HTC also introduced the Vive Wireless Adaptor that wirelessly connects the Vive or Vive Pro to a nearby PC.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation.

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HTC originally planned to release a mobile VR headset powered by Google's Daydream platform, but scrapped that project by the end of the year.

HTC also unveiled a redesigned customer experience, adding a virtual reality version of its Viveport catalog of games and media. For those already using a standard HTC Vive, that's a 78% increase in resolution over the same panel space. 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". Vive Pro also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound.

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