HTC Announces Vive Pro VR HMD Price and Release Date, Preorders Live

The upgraded VR headset can be in your hands sooner than you think.

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HTC unleashed its Vive VR headset system onto the market back in April of 2016 and, along with the Oculus Rift, provided the world’s first taste of serious virtual reality immersion. Other implementations of VR had been popping up since the mid-1990s, but the spring of 2016 is when the tech hit the mainstream with the goods to back up the hype. Almost two years later, HTC is ready to release the next-generation Vive head mounted display (HMD). The HTC Vive Pro will begin shipping on April 5 and will set you back $799.

First unveiled at CES 2018, the HTC Vive Pro gives a massive increase in resolution over the original Vive, offering a resolution of 2880x1600. This represents a 78% jump over the original Vive. The displays in the headset use OLED technology instead of LCD, allowing for faster response times and greater contrast. Numerous changes have been made to enhance the comfort and fit of the unit and it also comes with an integrated set of noise-cancelling headphones. The Vive Pro will support SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0, allowing existing Vive customers to use the upgraded headset with the original controllers and base stations.

Included in today’s announcement is the news that the original HTC Vive VR kit will see a price reduction of $100, bringing the cost down to $499. This reduced price still gets buyers a two-month subscription to Viveport, a buffet-style VR content package. Also included is a voucher for Fallout VR.

HTC revealed that all customers who purchase the Vive Pro HMD before June 3 will receive a complimentary six-month Viveport subscription. Pre-orders for the VIve Pro begin today. You can find out more about the Vive Pro or pre-order the unit at Vive.com. You can catch our exclusive hands-on impressions of the Vive Pro here.

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    March 19, 2018 9:50 AM

    Chris Jarrard posted a new article, HTC Announces Vive Pro VR HMD Price and Release Date, Preorders Live

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      March 19, 2018 10:09 AM

      Expensive even if you're upgrading from a standard Vive. If you're a new customer, that seems prohibitively expensive.

      $500 for regular Vive seems like the way to go though.

      Also someone on Reddit noticed it's cheaper to buy a Vive Pro and an OG Vive (since it comes with 2x lighthouses and 2x controllers). Buying the full package separately is almost $1400.

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        March 19, 2018 10:53 AM

        And this is how the Vive dies

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          March 19, 2018 10:55 AM

          to be fair this is the "Pro" model, probably more aimed at enterprise customers and developers. I would assume a "Vive 2" option is in the works that's more geared towards consumers and not at lol prices.

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            March 19, 2018 11:09 AM

            Yea that’s a good point. These things really need a AAA game and a better price point. I loved the short time I had a Vive, the valve tech demo was the best thing I had played on it.

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              March 19, 2018 11:49 AM

              The Vive Pro is not made for AAA games necessarily. Their focus was text legibility. They had text legibility as part of their demos.

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            March 19, 2018 11:48 AM

            Don't buy that marketing bullshit. Yeah I'm sure no consumers want a higher resolution screen, it must be for enterprise only.

            It's just justification for a hefty price tag.

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            March 19, 2018 7:47 PM

            Samsung Odessey already has the higher resolution screens and it's not a 'pro' model.

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              March 20, 2018 2:04 AM

              The Vive Pro pushes twice as many pixels as the Samsun Odyssy.

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                March 20, 2018 2:30 AM

                Pretty sure they are the same? 1400x1600 per eye

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                  March 20, 2018 3:54 AM

                  Yeah they are.

                  Rumour is that TPCast have WMR compatible wireless adapter coming out this year. If so, I might be tempted to go with the Odyssey.

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                    March 20, 2018 3:59 AM

                    Oh really? Something I could just buy and add to my setup??

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                March 20, 2018 3:08 AM

                Oh maybe it doesn't. Don't mind me (or my spelling)

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      March 19, 2018 10:57 AM

      No upgrade or trade-in program for existing users, huh?

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        March 19, 2018 4:29 PM

        This is a problem for me too. What do we do with the old headset? Hello? HTC?

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          March 19, 2018 4:48 PM

          same thing you do with your old consoles, not ask Nintendo/etc to buy it back from you

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            March 19, 2018 4:58 PM

            There was talk from HTC of an upgrade program during CES. Looks like that’s no longer an option

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          March 19, 2018 5:08 PM

          Sell for steep discounts I guess because you won't want to sell your lighthouses and controllers right.

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        March 20, 2018 5:46 PM

        The man in the briefcase said there was going to be something like that, but it appears not the case. Oh well. I think I'm going to hold out for that unannounced Google display that had the absolutely absurd resolution.

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      March 19, 2018 11:46 AM

      Who is buying this thing at that price?

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      March 19, 2018 11:48 AM

      I'm waiting on the wireless tranceiver methinks.

      If you can buy everything else individually, I wonder if there would be a market to sell our original headsets on the shack.

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        March 19, 2018 4:57 PM

        Unless they massively cut the prices on the base stations (134 each) and the controllers (129 each), you'd have to pay people 26 dollars to take your old headset instead of buying the 499 bundle.

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          March 19, 2018 5:12 PM

          So true, man what a face palm situation this is for regular consumers

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          March 19, 2018 5:40 PM

          Fucking lol. Wait does that bundle influence the second generation base stations? If so I wonder if you can run them hybrid. I might buy the bundle and use the extra controllers for accessories and body tracking.

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      March 20, 2018 2:14 AM

      **VIVE Pro HMD does not include controllers, base stations or VIVE wireless adapter.

      That might rule it out for me. I want to keep my current Vive setup for my wife and get a Pro for myself, but buying additional lighthouses and controllers will be too expensive.