Back in January, HTC surprised us all with the announcement of the HTC Vive Pro. The latest HMD makes several improvements over the Vive, with the flagship feature being its higher resolution, delivering 1400×1600 per eye- a 78 percent increase over the base HTC Vive. At the time, we didn’t have a final launch date, but now we have more concrete details, as pre-orders have begun going live.
From what we have heard, UK stock will be quite limited for the Vive Pro on release day. However, if you want to make sure you get your hands on one early, you can pre-order from Overclockers UK starting from today. The HTC Vive Pro will cost £799.99 at launch, taking on the base Vive’s original price. With the Vive Pro coming out, HTC will also be knocking down the price of the original Vive to £499.
Aside from a 78 percent resolution increase, the Vive Pro offers a couple of other advantages over the original headset. For starters, it now comes equipped with the ‘deluxe head strap’ right out of the box. This means you’ll get high-quality integrated headphones, a more comfortable face plate, and a ‘rachet’ mechanism for mounting the headset, giving you more control over how tight it is on your head.
Pre-orders are live now, and the first shipments are currently expected to begin going out on the 5th of April.
KitGuru Says: While I’m likely going to be sticking with my Rift for a bit longer, the prospect of higher resolution VR is very tempting. I have a couple of friends that have already sold their original Vive’s off in preparation for this new version. Are many of you looking forward to the launch of the Vive Pro? Will you be picking one up at launch?