HTC Vive Pro avail­able for pre-or­der


HTC’s lat­est vir­tual re­al­ity head­set, the Vive Pro, is now avail­able to pre-or­der from www.over­clock­ The new head­set sig­nif­i­cantly up­grades the res­o­lu­tion of the screens, go­ing from 1,080 x 1,200 in the orig­i­nal Vive (and Ocu­lus Rift) to 1,440 x 1,600 per eye, giv­ing you a to­tal res­o­lu­tion of 2,880 x 1,600. Like the Vive, it also runs at a 90Hz re­fresh rate, so you’re go­ing to need some se­ri­ously beefy graph­ics hard­ware to con­sis­tently run games at that res­o­lu­tion at 90fps.

HTC points out that the in­crease in res­o­lu­tion on the 3.5in AMOLED screens ef­fec­tively bumps up the num­ber of pix­els per inch by 37 per cent, hope­fully re­duc­ing the lack of close-up de­tail ex­pe­ri­enced with the orig­i­nal Vive.

Among the Vive Pro’s other new fea­tures are 3D spa­tial au­dio via in­te­grated head­phones, as well as claims of im­proved com­fort and er­gonomics. The Vive Pro also dis­penses with the HDMI in­put used on the Vive, in­stead con­nect­ing via Dis­playPort 1.2. It’s not cheap, though, with the pre-or­der price set at £799 inc VAT. You can read our full fea­ture about the HTC Vive and Ocu­lus Rift on p82.

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