HTC Vive Pro

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US$900 (head­set) / vive.com Fancy en­ter­ing the world of vir­tual re­al­ity for the first time? Then throw your bank de­tails at an­other head­set – the Vive Pro prob­a­bly isn’t for you.

Thanks to its ex­trav­a­gant price and the need for a su­per-specced com­puter, HTC’s new head­set is not in­tended for VR dab­blers. While there is a Vive Pro Starter Kit com­ing, which in­cludes the re­quired con­trollers and base sta­tion, it’ll likely cost a stag­ger­ing amount. Throw a Prowor­thy PC into the trol­ley and you’re eas­ily break­ing the $3000 bar­rier. That’s your sum­mer hol­i­day plans out of the win­dow.

How­ever, if you’re one of those peo­ple who gob­ble up graph­ics cards like col­lecta­bles and al­ready own the orig­i­nal Vive’s con­trollers and base sta­tions, then the $900 head­set-only deal looks much more ap­peal­ing.

What are you get­ting for your buck? A huge res­o­lu­tion boost, some er­gonomic im­prove­ments in­clud­ing built-in head­phones, and the best damned vir­tual re­al­ity ex­pe­ri­ence in the busi­ness.

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