HTC Vive Pro headset now available for pre-order at $799

Joanna Estrada
March 19, 2018

The Vive Pro is way at the high end of mass-market VR headsets - the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR systems cost $399, for instance - but HTC aggressively courts businesses, not just individual consumers.

Pre-orders begin today, and shipping of the new headset will begin on April 5.

"What this does, with the higher pixel density, is give you the ability to read in VR", HTC Vive general manager Daniel O'Brien told Polygon. The Vive launched two years ago, and while the entire VR market has evolved a bit slower than many enthusiasts were expecting, it's clear that virtual reality is here to stay. "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". These improved graphics and audio allow for users to experience VR with enhanced clarity, making it the most realistic and immersive VR experience on the market today. For previous customers who already own that equipment, the Vive Pro will work with the base stations and controllers you already have. It also includes a variety of ergonomic changes, including built-in headphones and a head strap that tightens via dial instead of velcro.

There's an important distinction between the Vive and the Vive Pro that may not be immediately apparent.

Along with the Vive Pro news, HTC also announced that the original Vive is getting a $100 price cut, bringing it to $499 worldwide. In addition, Viveport Subscription allows consumers to choose from over 400 pieces of content from a highly-curated offering, giving consumers the opportunity to discover the best VR content available. First-time buyers of the Pro will have to purchase them separately. For now, the Pro looks less like a direct second-generation Vive and more like a high-end offshoot of its current edition. That package also includes a two-month Viveport subscription as well as a code to download Fallout 4 VR, which normally costs $59.99 on its own.

VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform, built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions.

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