HTC Vive reveals new headsets with Vive Pro 2 & Oculus Quest killer Vive Focus 3
If you’re on the lookout for a top-of-the-range VR headset then HTC Vive have two new offerings to consider, but they’re not cheap.
On the same day that news leaked out about Sony’s new next gen headset, so too has HTC Vive unveiled its attempt to stay at the forefront of virtual reality technology.
It’s announced two new headsets with the Vive Pro 2 and the Vive Focus 3, except unlike many newer headsets they’re not aimed primarily at gaming or ordinary consumers.
Instead, they’re meant for serious use, for everyone from architects to surgeons, and while they can still be used for games that level of immersion is going to cost you a pretty penny.
The Vive Pro 2 is a PC headset with 5K resolution (2.5K per eye), 120 degree field of view (FOV), 120Hz refresh rate, and real RGB sub-pixels, which in simpler language means it’s more immersive and higher resolution than ever before.
It also means that the screen door effect, where you can see a grid-like pattern behind the image, is virtually gone and so is any motion blur.
You’ll need a hefty PC to make the most of it, but it is backwards compatible with DisplayPort 1.2, so if your rig can rung the original Vive Pro it will still work with this.
If you do own a Vive Pro already then you can get the new model as an upgrade for £659. Otherwise, the full-kit Vive Pro 2, with the base station and controllers, will set you back £1,299.
The Vive Focus 3 is a standalone device that doesn’t need to connect to a PC, which begs comparisons to the Oculus Quest 2. Except instead of relatively cheap £300 the Focus 3 is £1,060.
The Focus 3 uses a customised Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset, so it’s much more powerful than any Oculus Quest headset. Not only that but it has all the same hardware features as the Pro 2, including 5K resolution, 120 FOV, and real RGB sub-pixels (but only a 90Hz refresh rate).
That makes it an incredibly desirable bit of kit, especially as it’s wireless, but it’s no wonder HTC are targeting business users given the price.
Pre-orders for the Vive Pro 2 begin today, May 11, before it goes on sale on June 4 as an upgrade or August 4 for the full-kit. The Vive Focus 3 will be out just a few weeks prior on June 24.
Clearly there aren’t many ordinary gamers that are going to be able to afford either, but HTC are hoping that they become the standard in arcades and as a benchmark for other, rival headsets.
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