HTC reveals Vive Pro Pricing and reduces standard Vive pricing

HTC reveals Vive Pro Pricing and reduces standard Vive pricing

HTC reveals Vive Pro Pricing and reduces standard Vive pricing

HTC’s has announced that their new Vive Pro headset is now available for Pre-order, with early shipments starting on April 5th. This pre-order unveiling coincides with a price reduction for the company’s standard Vive headset, which will now ship at a price of £499 in the UK. 

Strangely, the Vive Pro will not ship initially with any Vive Wand controllers or base stations, acting as an upgrade option for existing Vive users, rather than as a standalone headset. The Vive Pro headset will cost £799 which is the same price as the original Vive when it was first released. A full Vive Pro kit is set to launch at a later date, likely coinciding with the mainstream release of SteamVR 2.0 technology, which should include redesigned base stations which are set to be more reliable and cheaper to produce. 

Below are the specifications of the HTC Vive Pro, which now uses DisplayPort 1.2 instead of HDMI for PC connectivity, higher resolution displays and an integrated 3D spatial audio solution. The headset will include all required cables and a redesigned Link Box.  

Headset Specs

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 headstrap

HTC reveals Vive Pro Pricing and reduces standard Vive pricing  

Despite this price decrease, HTC’s Vive headset is still more expensive than the Oculus’ competing Rift VR solution, which currently retails for £399. While the Vive Pro does contain higher-end technology, it is too costly for most PC users, especially given its lack of controllers and base stations, with base stations being a requirement for tracking functionality. 

Existing Vive owners who want an upgrade can’t even sell their old Vive headset to recoup some of the cost of the new headset, as the headset on its own is useless without a tracking system. 

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