Hands on HTC Vive Pro
The most important feature that the new HTC Vive Pro offers is the display resolution. There is an AMOLED screen with 110 degree field of view. When compared to the previous version which had a 2160 x 1200 px resolution, the HTC Vive Pro now has a 2880 x 1600 px screen. This means a %78 screen upgrade with more realistic graphics and far better readability for text within the VR app. The screen refresh rate although, remains the same. It is still 90 Hz, as like in the previous version. Sure, we still don’t know when there will be a higher refresh rate, but we are excited to be waiting for that.
Now let’s have a look at the ergonomic perspective. The outer design upgrade plus the new cushion and head strap make it a better environment to stop light from outside. There is a 3d headphone and 2 microphones integrated in the headset. In the previous model there was an accessory to connect headphones, but now it is easier and there is no cable twisting. The 3D spatial audio is a key factor in giving a better VR experience. The new materials used are way lighter than the previous version, resulting in a comfortable placement on our head. You may have a look at the official HTC Vive Pro promo video.
The two cameras placed in front of the headset are used for Mixed Reality (MR) experiences. We can easily summarize it as like integrating AR with VR and creating a virtual world within the real environment you are found in. Below you may find 2 video examples that show how Vive Pro is used with Vive SRWorks SDK.
The new Light Houses now work in a 7x7m tracking area. Vive Pro has now a double size tracking area when compared to the previous version which had 3.5×3.5m. The software support is still the same, so both sensors (1.0 and 2.0) work with Steam VR Tracking.
HTC Vive Pro can be used wirelessly with its official VIVE Wireless Adapter.
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