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Nearly two years after the launch of the HTC Vive virtual reality system, its creators have finally revealed a hardware revision for the headset: the HTC Vive Pro.

The naming convention hints at what to expect.

The refreshed headset, which currently has no price, will arrive in “Q1” of 2018, and it adds one huge upgrade, and a few small ones, to an otherwise familiar-looking Vive.
During a CES 2018 press conference, HTC confirmed details from a leak earlier on Monday, which indicated that the Vive Pro’s screen will include a combined resolution of 2880×1600 pixels.

That’s a 78-percent jump from the original Vive headset’s screen resolution of 2160×1200.

The new headset also includes built-in headphones, a new strap to “improve balance,” a second microphone to assist with noise-cancellation features, a second “stereo” outward-facing camera, and reduced headset weight. HTC hasn’t disclosed exactly how much lighter it will be.
We’ll have to wait and see whether the Pro’s headset fit or built-in audio offer significant improvements over last year’s headphone-strap release, or whether the Pro’s lenses or other elements receive noticeable upgrades. We know that it will default as a wired VR system, however, and we can almost certainly confirm that it will not offer an improved field-of-view (FOV), thanks to the new resolution conforming to the original Vive’s resolution ratio.
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