Today we have seen multiple hardware releases along with two new Vive Headsets for the VR that have been released by HTC: the Vive Pro 2 and the Vive Focus 3. The first is to follow the original Vive Pro headset with a customer emphasis added a modern 5K resolution screen and a fast 120Hz refresh rate, whilst the other is an all-in-one headset for businesses, providing the same 5K but less refreshing rates of 90Hz.
The new luxury VR headphone will take over the excellent Valve Index and HP Reverb G2 launch on 4th June 2021. The Vive Pro 2 is the only PC VR fan that will like to be watched. This is a rather expensive old item, as the ‘full kit package goes to sell at a cost of £1299/€1399 a little later on the 4th of August (which requires two trackers and Vive controls at the basic station 2.0), although a headset version would still be accessible for anyone that has still VR hardware to upgrade.
There is also a headset version suitable for launching only. This will also be included in the pre-order phase of Vive Pro 2 at a reduced price of £649/€739/$749, which is now open if you are interested to join early.
However, when you look at the latest hardware beneath, you can somehow appreciate the price. With an amazing 5K show – that’s 2.5K per eye – this latest cast has a super smooth 120Hz refresh rate. It’s both the index and the Reverb G2. The new dual-stacked lens architecture of Vive Pro 2 also enables HTC to stretch the headset view to 120 degrees, which it claims would almost negate any annoying porthole effect.
HTC did not explain the specifications for the Vive Pro 2 PC at the time of writing, but as soon as it is verified, We will update this article with more details. Of course, We can imagine you might like a very heavy PC to run this type of headset with a good frame rate, but if you think your machine could keep on trying at 5K without swallowing your lunch then support is available.
You will see, the Vive Pro 2 will be the first VR headset to use the Compression VESA Display Stream Compression to ensure that the beautiful 5K images don’t lose luster on the pipe while the cables are suited down. Even better, DSC has backward support for DisplayPort 1.2 and HTC said they worked hard with Nvidia and AMD to make sure the visual uplift was visible even for older graphics cards that worked on the original Vive Pro.
In other aspects, the Vive Pro 2 has a number of configuration choices, including interpupil slider distance and adjustable head straps and dial size, to help you blend well and HTC says they have this time spread the weight of the headset even more equally. It also includes 3D sound H-Res audio-certified speakers, even though you are unable to use your own third-party headphones. The Vive Pro 2 is also compatible with tonnes of the old HTC Vive steam VR hardware, including Vive Tracker’s, Vive controllers, Vive Facial Tracker’s latest Vive, and Base Station’s all generations.
As discussed earlier, if you feel especially flush, the HTC Vive Pro 2 can be ordered now, is available for pre-order.