Remember when last week, HTC did a major tease featuring a new headset with better resolution than the previous models? As it seems, its announcement might come sooner than expected, as rumors indicate that we might see an HTC Vive Pro at CES 2018 today. What do we know about that until now? Could HTC Vive make a move into the world of 4K resolution?
According to German VR publications VRNerds, HTC is set to debut a new ‘Vive Pro’, a refresh of their VR headset featuring an improved resolution of 2,880 × 1,600 (compared to the 2,180 × 1,200 of the original) bringing 76% more pixels into the mix with a solid 3K resolution. Apart from that, the new HTC Vive Pro will bare two OLED displays, which makes it similar to the Vive Focus from the same company.
They also reported that the Vive Pro would include on-board speakers, not stating whether they’ll be on-ear headphones like the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, or hidden projection speakers similar to those on the Vive Focus headset. As they state, HTC intends to provide information on the availability and price of the new VR headset after CES.
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.
In related news, The New Zealand Intellectual Property Office published a summary of a trademark application, that showed a filing and submission initiated by HTC on 6th of October. It specifically mentions Vive Eclipse as a ‘head mounted display for computer simulated reality’ and ‘motion tracking sensors’ handheld computer simulated reality controllers’. Could we be looking at the same project?
CES 2018 is currently underway so it might be a few hours until we know for sure if this announcement will actually happen or if it’s just a rumor. If you want to watch CES 2018, the event is broadcasted live at the moment.