HTC’s high resolution headset, the Vive Pro, will ship on 5th April and come with six-month Viveport Subscription. The higher spec HMD will cost £799 with pre-orders starting now on Vive.com and selected retailers including Scan, GAME and Overclockers. The Pro’s ship date marks the second anniversary of the original Vive’s release.
The Vive Pro comes with dual-OLED displays, making for a crisper image resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD. The new hardware also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier and noise cancellation.
The form factor has also been updated to maximise comfort with a redesigned head-strap that balances the weight of the headset more evenly and features easy simple adjustment buttons for Vive users with glasses.
The Vive Pro works with both SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0, meaning existing Vive customers can upgrade the headset only and continue to use current generation controllers and base stations.
Paul Brown, GM, HTC Vive Europe said, “Vive Pro delivers the best premium VR experience available on the market today and improves resolution, audio and comfort for VR enthusiasts and enterprise customers. We are empowering developers to imagine bigger and better than ever before”.
Original Price Down
Alongside the introduction of the new Pro, HTC is also repositioning the existing Vive in the market with a £100 price reduction for the current Vive full kit, bringing it down to £499. Consumers who buy the current Vive full kit at the new price of £499, will continue to receive a free two-month Viveport Subscription.
Brown said, “Today, we’re making VR even more accessible by lowering the price of the current Vive. There has never been a better time for VR fans to unleash their imagination with the most complete VR platform available.”
Subs Price Up
It’s not all good news though; the price of Viveport Subscription will increase to £8.99 this Thursday, 22nd March. Current Subscribers and those who sign up before the increase takes effect, will be locked in at the existing £6.99 price point through at least the end of the year.