On the software end, the company is overhauling Viveport and has shared some new images and video of the upcoming overhaul. These advancements deliver on VR users' desire for higher resolution, improved audio, greater comfort, wireless freedom and immersive content discovery.
This premium resolution enhances immersion for VR enthusiasts, and the improved clarity means text, graphics and overall experience all come into sharper view.
Alongside the resolution increase, HTC has also redesigned the Vive Pro's headstrap and added built-in headphones.
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The Taiwanese company, best known for making slick-looking smartphones, on Monday at a CES press conference unveiled an upgraded Vive Pro, which like the original Vive system requires a high-end PC and a cable attachment connecting the two, but has enhanced resolution, integrated headphones and a number of other improvements. Stay tuned for our hands-on impressions of the Vive Pro.
Vive Wireless Pro Adaptor will be available in Q3 2018.
Additionally, HTC announced the Vive Wireless Adaptor, available for both Vive and Vive Pro headsets. Featuring Intel's WiGig technology, the unit operates in what HTC calls an "interference-free" 60Ghz band for better performance.
"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, general manager of the Virtual Reality Group at Intel, in a statement. We tried a prototype of this back at GDC, which had several protruding wires held together by tape, but the final version looks much more ready for use. It offers a fully interactive preview of content instead of the usual 2D catalog.
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And finally, HTC is updating the Viveport app store to include VR previews. "Until now, there has not been a shopping and browsing experience that takes advantage of the full functionality of VR".
Viveport VR is available in Early Access for you to try out.
As one of the first major VR headsets to hit shelves, the hardware inside the HTC Vive isn't its most compelling feature anymore. There's also new 3D audio which will work with the new and original Vive base stations. This new feature will allow users to shop for their favorite VR games in the virtual world.
There's no word on pricing or availability yet, but the Vive Pro should command a premium.
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