- Screen: Dual AMOLED 3.5" diagonal Resolution: 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye (2880 x 1600 pixels combined)
- Refresh rate: 90 Hz
- Field of view: 110 degrees
- Audio: Hi-Res certificate headset Hi-Res certificate headphone (removable) High impedance headphone support
- Connections: USB-C 3.0, DP 1.2
- Bluetooth Sensors: SteamVR Tracking, G-sensor, gyroscope, proximity, IPD sensor
- Ergonomics: Eye relief with lens distance adjustment, Adjustable IPD, Adjustable headphone, Adjustable headstrap
- Overall performance
- Less clutter
- Better comfort
The applications for Virtual Reality is so vast and the technology is going continue to grow. Virtual reality is still relatively inaccessible to the average consumer due to its high cost, but hopefully in the future the cost of virtual reality will drop further so that it’ll be more affordable for consumers, which in turn might boost the adoption of virtual reality. Right now, interest in VR is mostly from the architecture and education industry.
Most manufacturers are currently furthering the development of their VR products, with some that have put out more than one revisions of their VR environments. HTC has now released the HTC VIVE Pro, an upgraded set of VR gear that improves on what its predecessor was capable of. The VIVE Pro comes as an all-in-one solution – now with its very own pair of headphones. Additional features that have been added include an extra camera on the visor, improved ergonomics for the headband and visor for increased comfort, as well as an improved screen.
We’re lucky to have had the opportunity to experience both the VIVE and VIVE Pro so we could compare them both. The VIVE is of course priced lower than the VIVE Pro, but overall the VIVE Pro proves to be the better experience. Starting with the optics, the VIVE Pro definitely looks better, and we attribute that to the increased resolution of 2880×1600 and the increased details present the immersive feeling is also increased. With the increase of resolution also came the change from using HDMI connection to a DisplayPort 1.2 connection, so if you want to continue using it with a laptop you’ll need to get a miniDP adapter.
The added headphones work in tandem with the VIVE Pro to provide spatial sound. With our small library of VR games we still enjoyed playing games like Serious Sam VR, which was able to take advantage of the spatial audio to point out where the enemies were. The comfort has also increased with the VIVE Pro, thanks to the headband that uses a dial that can adjust the tightness to your liking. One of the biggest changes we like is the reduction of cable clutter, and how the visor is now connected to the link box using just a single thick cable.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The HTC VIVE Pro is a step forward when it comes to quality of life. It provides better comfort, betters optics, and reduced cable clutter, so we are excited to see further improvements in the future.
(to be published in issue January 2019)