We knew about HTC’s plans to reveal a new VR headset at its inaugural ViveCon 2021 event because the company had been teasing us on social media, creating as much hype and excitement as possible. Well, the highly anticipated event is well underway, and HTC has already made several important announcements, with the HTC Vive Pro 2 being one of them.
As HTC’s new flagship VR headset, the Vive Pro 2 offers plenty of exciting changes and improvements besides its black and blue design.
“At ViveCon we redefined premium VR for both businesses and consumers, with stunning 5K resolution and 120-degree field of view setting a new benchmark for PC VR and all-in-One headsets,” said Graham Wheeler, HTC VIVE EMEA General Manager in a statement. Vive Pro 2 delivers an amazing immersive experience, with beautifully fluid visuals, comfort, and precise tracking, for when every pixel and polygon counts.”
In addition to better graphics, the Vive Pro 2 also enhances immersion with 3D spatial sound delivered through Hi-Res Audio Certified headphones and an audiophile-grade amplifier.
Even though the headset is packed with a lot of exciting technology, it should be comfortable to wear for long stretches of time because it retains the ergonomic design and balanced construction of the previous model.
Thanks to HTC’s cooperation with NVIDIA and AMD, the Vive Pro 2 boasts support for Display Stream Compression, a form of visually lossless compression that enables visually lossless compression for ultra-high-definition displays.
The good news is that the Vive Pro 2 retains compatibility with all VIVE SteamVR ecosystem accessories, including the new VIVE Facial Tracker, VIVE Wireless Adapter, Base Station 1.0 and 2.0, VIVE controllers, and more.
HTC is selling the headset as a standalone product and in a kit with Base Station 2.0 and VIVE Controllers. The headset alone can be pre-ordered for a special promotional price of $749, with shipping starting on 3rd June 2021. The kit will go on sale in August, and it will cost $1399.