A Vive Pro will cost £800, Vive reduced to £500

Pablo Tucker
March 19, 2018

The Vive Pro is aimed at the corporate and high-end enthusiast market, with the $799 price being for the headset only, customers will have to buy their own tracking stations and controllers if they're not upgrading the headset from an existing Vive system.

The device is on sale for $799 and will start shipping in April, said the company.

The new Vive Pro display is offering an extra two million pixels compared with the original version, with a 1440 x 1600 resolution per eye compared with the 1080 x 1200 native res of the first Vive.

HTC revealed the new Vive Pro at CES in January and now has pricing and availability information.

The preorders will begin today on Vive.com and Amazon.com.

We'll have to wait and see what those newfangled controllers and Lightboxes for the HTC Vive Pro end up costing, but already HTC's newest VR headset appears to be quite an investment. In addition, the Vive Pro features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier with noise canceling capabilities. Our goal has always been to offer the most premium VR platform available and to drive adoption for VR. Granted, that still makes the cheapest HTC VR headset 100 bills more than the $399 or £399 (about AU$510) Oculus Rift. "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". In other words, it is an upgrade over the original Vive in several ways, rather than repurposing the exact the same headset with higher resolution OLED displays. The unit is available for pre-order and it will release on April 5. For the money, you are also getting six free months of HTC's Viveport subscription service. Both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift are coming up on their second anniversaries, and while each has made some interim changes (Oculus's Touch controllers, the Vive's Deluxe Audio Strap), the core experience hasn't changed much. The headset has been redesigned to offer more comfort over prolonged usage with measures in place to accommodate people who wear spectacles. Those who sign up before March 22 can lock in a price of $7 a month for the rest of the year.

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