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HTC Teases Vive Update at CES

Will the company’s VR headset get a high-res makeover?

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VR enthusiasts were wondering if the big players in the VR HMD market were planning on introducing newer models after both Oculus and HTC announced permanent price drops on their respective headsets back in 2017. The Oculus Rift commonly sells for under $400 these days and the HTC Vive carries a $599 price tag.

Speculation is running wild that HTC may be offering an updated version of the Vive HMD after the company teased a reveal on its official Vive Twitter account.

The tweet seems to imply that the Vive could be getting a bump in resolution for the new year. One of the common complaints from users of both the Rift and Vive was that the resolution was low enough to affect immersion. Some users complained about the “screen door effect” when using their headsets.

Just how much of a bump in resolution the Vive will get is uncertain, but expect all to be revealed at CES as Shacknews will keep you updated on all the biggest reveals and surprises.

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    January 5, 2018 12:00 PM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, HTC Teases Vive Update at CES

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      January 5, 2018 12:21 PM

      Hopefully they get the price sorted out on this one

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      January 5, 2018 12:21 PM

      i'd almost prefer a weight & form factor update right now. my 980ti is gonna start showing its age, lol

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      January 5, 2018 12:30 PM

      lol nice pun, dad.

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      January 5, 2018 12:32 PM

      Based on the distortion at the edges I'm guessing it's lens based upgrades.

    • rms
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      January 5, 2018 1:57 PM

      Shack, dashing my hopes once again :( It's just this oculus Go competitor: https://www.vive.com/cn/product/vive-focus-en/

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        January 5, 2018 2:09 PM

        No, it’s not. The Focus is nothing new.

        The date indicates a Monday announcement.

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      January 5, 2018 2:12 PM

      4k_4k

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        January 5, 2018 4:37 PM

        ^^^ this is what I'm hoping for. Even if you have to scale the resolution up it should really help the screen door effect.

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          January 5, 2018 6:33 PM

          plus people are already running super-sampling in many cases to get acceptable quality. it would be good to get all those pixels onto the screen even if its not full 4k.

          • rms
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            January 6, 2018 10:30 AM

            Sorry but I don't see this being viable to actually drive with today's videocards. Even the speculation of going to 1440x1600 per eye is problematic to me with a single videocard.

    • Zek
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      January 5, 2018 4:34 PM

      Been waiting for proper second gen hardware before I get on board, I'm surprised it's taken so long.

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      January 5, 2018 4:51 PM

      I dunno that better hardware is even needed right now, except for Microsoft trying inside-out tracking (it'd be nice to lose the external cameras). We're getting improvements in controls and content at the same time, at different rates... maybe think back to all of the controllers for Atari, Commodore64, NES, SNES, ..., PC (keyboard -> mouse+keyboard, etc.), ... it's a free-for-all right now. So we're gonna see a lot of niche accessories (more software than hardware given the times), and many I/O schemes, before "the one" settles out.

      • Zek
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        January 5, 2018 7:23 PM

        What's wrong with the standard controllers? I don't really see any more peripherals taking off unless they figure out how to make everything half the price across the board.

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          January 5, 2018 7:30 PM

          They're not very expressive, given the format. Very minimal. It might seem interesting that you can point at things or make other gestures with your hands that were impossible before, just by holding or touching the controller a particular way, but the station buttons on the radio in my car can sense when I'm touching them versus pressing them. It's very low-hanging fruit.

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      January 5, 2018 4:52 PM

      They have been advertising a resolution bump on Facebook for the last day or so.

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      January 5, 2018 4:58 PM

      Does this mean I'll be able to get the old Vive for $300 in a steam sale this year?

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        January 5, 2018 6:23 PM

        You'll get it with a free steam link thrown in. :D