The company also partnered with Vimeo to integrate more video content into a revamped version of its Vive Video app, and now lets users choose the next video while they still watch the current clip - perhaps laying the foundation for binge-watching in VR.
The Pro's total resolution will be 2880x1600, almost a 78 percent increase over the current Vive's 2160×1200.
The built-in earphones are a permanent attachment
The new Vive Pro is backwards compatible with v1.0 and v2.0 SteamVR tracking, allowing VR users to pack their rooms with up to four base stations for room tracking. The trackable space is up to 10m x 10m. It works with both the Vive and the Vive Pro and will be coming sometime this summer.
Viveport's president, Rikard Steiber told his CES audience that he expected the number of experiences available on the platform to rise from 2,000 to 3,000 by the end of 2018. The new optical sensors for Steam VR Tracking 2.0 support the new base stations and the old base stations. Consumer Technology Association forecasted Monday the VR market will see record growth in 2018 with AR/VR headsets and eyewear selling 4.9 million units in the United States in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017). It's an upgrade over the original Vive that increases resolution, includes integrated audio, and more. This new headphone experience isn't exactly like the enhanced audio add-on of the past, instead taking everything up a notch with "enhanced ergonomics and comfort". The new headphones are also of higher quality, with a built-in amplifier to provide a premium audio experience. Additionally, the Vive Pro will offer a pixel density of 615 pixels per inch, a 70% increase over the current Vive headset. HTC did not say what thier function is.
The Vive Pro isn't meant to replace the existing HTC Vive, which will remain on shelves. O'Brien said that the Vive Pro will be available as an upgrade version to existing Vive users this quarter, with a full commercial launch planned for later this year.
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