VR gamers have been looking forward to the improved HTC Vive Pro headset ever since it was announced earlier this year. The wait is now over, as HTC has announced that the device will retail for $799 USD and pre-orders have officially been opened world-wide. The Vive Pro will begin shipping on April 5th, and those who purchase before June 3rd will receive a free six-month trial to Viveport Subscription, where consumers can choose up to 5 titles per month from the more than 400 titles available.
HTC Vive Price Drop
The regular HTC Vive model has seen its price drop down to $499 USD in response to the new Vive Pro’s launch. This puts it more in line with the pricing of the Oculus Rift, though thrifty buyers will be able to find the Oculus headset at much lower prices still.
“With the Vive Pro we are delivering the best quality display and visual experience to the most discerning VR enthusiasts. Our goal has always been to offer the most premium VR platform available and to drive adoption for VR,” said Daniel O’Brien, HTC Vive General Manager, US. “By lowering the price of the current Vive, we are making VR more accessible while expanding the potential market for developers. Whether you’re a VR enthusiast or new to the platform, there’s never been a better time to join the most complete VR platform available.”
Vive Pro HMD pre-orders begin today on Vive.com and other Vive retailers with units shipping globally on April 5th. Current Vive owners can upgrade their headset to Vive Pro for the best display, audio, and comfort in the industry as the headset is compatible with the accessories and controllers of the Vive, so those who already own some of the devices will be able to reuse them.
The Vive Pro comes with dual-OLED displays, making for a crisper image resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD. In addition to visuals, Vive Pro also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier that creates a heightened sense of presence and sound through noise cancellation capabilities.
TL;DR Games is looking forward to giving the new HTC Vive Pro a spin later this year, so stay tuned for a hands-on review.