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.
At its event, HTC also introduced the Vive Wireless Adaptor that wirelessly connects the Vive or Vive Pro to a nearby PC. The new displays on the Vive Pro will be a 78 percent increase in resolution over the original Vive, HTC explained at press conference on Monday.
HTC says the Vive Pro also offers dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras.
We'll be trying the HTC Vive Pro at CES, so look out for our impressions soon.
While the rival Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR headsets have both been trimmed significantly at various points over the last six months, the Vive has largely remained at its significantly higher RRP. It runs in the 60GHz band to cut down on potential interference and uses Intel's WiGig specifications.More news: Weather Data Points to Massive 'Bomb Cyclone' Hitting Eastern US
The new adapter will be shipping in Q3, with no price announced.
"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Intel GM Frank Soqui. 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 Vive Pro will also improve the audio experience. It offers a fully interactive preview of content instead of the usual 2D catalog. While VR, which transports you to a digital world through a special headset, has attracted heavy hitters like Facebook, Google and Samsung, consumers have been slow to embrace the technology.
HTC's upgraded Vive headset is a much-needed update for the line.
GM Daniel O'Briend said, "There's a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset". On the current model, the headphones were only available as an add on.