CES 2018: Viveport VR Overhauls Platform With Interactive Content Catalog

09 January, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Ann Santiago
  • HTC VIVE Raises The Bar For Premium VR With New VIVE PRO Upgrade And Wireless VIVE Adaptor - VIVE Blog

HTC announced at CES 2018 an update to its Vive virtual reality headset that is targeted at enterprise customers and called Vive Pro.

The report also suggests that there is an HTC Vive Wireless Adapter which is "an official Vive accessory based on Intel's WiGig connection" and won't be out until Q3 2018. The Samsung Odyssey, which runs Windows Mixed Reality, features a display with a 2880 x 1600 pixel resolution as well, just like the new Vive Pro.

Dual cameras: The front of this headset now has a pair of cameras for developers to play in augmented reality as well as virtual reality.

With the new OLED displays the HTC Vive Pro will be on par with HTC's standalone Vive Focus headset that was revealed a year ago.

There is some good news for existing Vive owners, there's a Vive Pro HMD-only upgrade option which means all the extras such as controllers and base stations are not required making an upgrade cheaper.

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.

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The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship worldwide in the third quarter of this year.

"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.

The Vive Pro will also improve the audio experience. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews".

Last, but not least, we also get the announcement of Viveport VR, which is a sizable upgrade to the Viveport experience.

Viveport VR is available in Early Access for you to try out. The Vive Pro's headstrap includes a sizing dial so the headset is a lot more balanced, and it hopefully won't feel too top heavy at the front. The native VR video player Vive Video is now pulling in content from one of the world's largest ad-free open video platforms.

"Vive we truly believe is the industry standard when it comes to VR", said Daniel O'Brien, general manager of the HTC Vive.

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