The revision of the HTC Vive (the v1.5 as it’s called) is being live blogged here (1pm PST today, Jan 8th):
A previously wrong/leaked/snuffed out (delete as applicable) article showed the resolutions up’d to about Samsung Odyssey levels (about 150% above what we have now). Might be nice for flight sims details etc…
Here’s the pulled article text (although the above news conf should clear this up):
After the announcement at the weekend follows now as expected the official press release: HTC announces its new headset Vive Pro , which wants to shine with a higher resolution and integrated loudspeakers. There is also a new Vive wireless adapter .
Vive Pro: Update 1.5 with 3K and speakers
Those looking for a completely new model may be disappointed - but the Vive Pro offers a welcome update - the original HTC Vive remains in the program. The Vive Pro has two OLED displays with a common resolution of 2880 x 1600 pixels, which makes it similar to the Vive Focus from the same company. Overall, the new headset has thus increased by 78 percent resolution and should achieve a much sharper and clearer presentation. For comparison: The “normal” HTC Vive offers 2160 x 1200 pixels.
A welcome innovation is the integration of speakers, which should increase the comfort significantly. Owners of the old model had to resort to the Deluxe Audio Strap , which should be superfluous in the Vive Pro now. HTC intends to provide information on the availability and price of the new VR headset later.
In addition, the manufacturer announces the Vive Wireless Adapter for the HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro , with which you can connect the headset without a cable to the PC. The adapter uses Intel’s WiGig technology, unlike TPCast , but you have to be patient for a while. Only in the third quarter of 2018 should the adapter come on the market. Open and exciting the price remains: Although TPCast for the first HTC Vive available, but for around 350 € anything but a bargain. Whether the Vive Wireless Adapter can position itself here as a price-breaker remains to be seen. Whether TPCast with the HTC Vive Pro without (too) large latency problems or even works remains to be seen.
Here’s a nice pulled from reddit image showing a comparison in per eye resolution (assuming this is right for ‘Vive Pro’):
Obviously, with Facebook money subsidizing the Oculus Rift price, the price point on the HTC side will be key. Maybe we VR junkies opt for ‘Pro’ equipment and pay twice as much as the general VR for Gaming crowd just because we really want the higher clarity/resolution? I mean, we spend $500 on a HOTAS so the niche market might be there if it’s good enough?
EDIT: Old habits die hard, not sure why we keep using that 1000 posts topic for VR when we have a nice isolated #hardware category.