HTC Vive made headlines at CES with a mix of new hardware and software that will take VR to new levels. Let’s start off with the brand new HTC Vive Pro. This headset features a new design dark blue design that makes it look more sleek and comfortable. The Vive headset always felt heavier to me, It didn’t bother me that much but I’m glad they made improvements. Vive Pro also has built-in headphones which means one less annoying cable to deal with. There is also built in with 3D spatial audio that is sure to make an impact for gamers. Higher display resolution means that older VR games are going to look better than before. I haven’t got to play around with it myself but I’m sure it will pop up at some tech event sooner or later. The HTC Vive Pro is expected to launch within the first quarter of 2018.
I will admit to tripping over the cable while using a VR headset. Thankfully I never got hurt but I’m sure you have seen it happen on Youtube. Wireless VR is finally coming in 2018. The VIVE Wireless Adapter was announced alongside the HTC VIVE Pro headset. This battery powered Adapter is said to last for hours but we will have to wait and see how it holds up in real-world testing.
Expanding beyond gaming
Over the past year, I have been explaining to people that VR isn’t just for games. HTC Vive headsets are being used in hundreds of ways for education, health, and business. During CES multiple companies showed off new apps that can job training become faster and safer. This is a game changer that most people still don’t think about when VR is mentioned. More details are in the video below.