HTC Vive Pro VR HMD Minimum Specs Revealed, GTX 1070 Recommended

The GTX 1060 has been bumped down to the minimum requirement for the updated Vive.


PC specifications are important when gauging the software and hardware a user wants to utilize and has been incredibly significant when it comes to virtual reality. A poor performing VR HMD isn’t just frustrating, it can induce motion sickness in some users. The Vive Pro update is built for improved performance all around and, as it turns out, enthusiasts will need a slightly more powerful GPU if they want to give the Pro a go.

Road to VR caught the reveal of the HTC Vive Pro minimum specs, as well as the jump up for recommended. HTC suggests the GTX 1070 for the ideal Vive Pro experience, bumping the GTX 1060 down to the minimum requirement. If you’re currently using the GTX 1060, the 1070 is roughly twice the price currently. The minimum spec also changes the required USB to 3.0 from 2.0.

In our hands-on at CES, our writer had this to say about the Vive Pro:

“The HTC Vive Pro is a must-have for hardcore VR users, and I am surprised to see it hit the market so soon after the launch of the original Vive. It was especially surprising considering we have yet to hear a unit sales number from HTC. At the very least, the HTC Vive Pro is a signal from HTC that they are here to stay in the high-end VR space. The ergonomic improvements and increased screen resolution are the two major reasons I would recommend the device to anyone on the fence about upgrading, and if you have been sitting on the sideline, Vive Pro might be the perfect excuse to jump into VR. HTC has packaged together a number of smart improvements into a big upgrade for VR enthusiasts.”

The Vive Pro will feature dual-OLED panels to produce a 3K (2800 x 1600) image, which is a 78% increase over the Vive. The Vive Pro will also include dual-mics with active noise cancellation and two front-facing cameras that the engineers hope will inspire developer creativity. Here are the full specs for the new HMD:

  • 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
  • Input: Integrated microphones
  • 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 head-strap

The HTC Vive Pro launches next week and will cost $799 standalone. Current Vive owners can upgrade for less than $400 and the Pro will be compatible with old sensors and controllers.

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    March 27, 2018 3:25 PM

    Charles Singletary posted a new article, HTC Vive Pro VR HMD Minimum Specs Revealed, GTX 1070 Recommended

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      March 27, 2018 5:37 PM

      Current owners can upgrade for $400?


      • rms legacy 10 years legacy 20 years mercury super mega
        March 27, 2018 6:39 PM

        There's no hint of this on the vivepro order page, perhaps shack was given old marketing copy?

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      March 27, 2018 6:11 PM

      Really sucks that the wireless adapter isn’t included at $800. That’s a $1200-1500 buy in - guess they fell asleep during the part of intro to marketing where they explained market skimming only works if you don’t have a competitor.

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      March 27, 2018 6:13 PM

      Yep, still butt hurt about the price of this.

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