HTC rolls out Viveport VR and Vive Video user interface updates

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HTC rolls out Viveport VR and Vive Video user interface updates

HTC is teasing a Vive-related announcement for January 8, the day of its CES press conference. This was a $99 addition, making the HTC Vive even more expensive than it's direct PC rival.

Aside from the improved screen resolution, the HTC Vive Pro has also had a lick of paint, this time sporting a rather fetching metallic blue finish.

Alongside the resolution increase, HTC has also redesigned the Vive Pro's headstrap and added built-in headphones. This is not believed to be the fabled HTC Vive 2, however.

Jordan Sirani is a freelance writer for IGN. The company has revealed the first ever upgrade for its head-mounted display (HMD), improving both the resolution as well as integrating loudspeakers into the device. Those familiar with the HTC Vive will also notice how there are now two front-facing chaperone cameras, alongside dual microphones with noise cancellation. It'll feature two OLED displays with a resolution of 2880 x 1600 - very similar to the Vive Focus standalone headset - an increase of 78 percent from the original HTC Vive's 2160 x 1200.

First published January 8 at 1:06 p.m. PT. Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds that existing consumers will also be able to buy the Vive Pro later this quarter.

The company also announced a Vive Wireless Adapter.

More details on Vive Pro availability and price will be made available soon. Available in the second half of 2018, the adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band.

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". Full Vive Pro retail kits available later this year, and the Vive wireless adapter is expected to be available in Q3 of this year.

"Viveport is moving to a VR first experience model, and with the all-new Viveport VR, we are changing the way consumers discover, experience and acquire VR content", said Rikard Steiber, president, Viveport.

And finally, HTC is updating the Viveport app store to include VR previews.

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