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CES: HTC launches new Vive headset, partners with Vimeo on VR video

HTC has unveiled its new Vive Pro virtual reality headset at the CES, promising a 78% increase in resolution over the current generation of Vive headset.

HTC Vive ProThe upgraded Vive features dual-OLED displays with 2880 x 1600 picture resolution and integrated headphones with a built-in amplifier to offer a “heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound”.

Other improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation, dual front-facing cameras and a more comfortable strap. HTC also launched a Vive Wireless Adaptor that will integrate with the Vive and Vive Pro. This is due to ship worldwide in the third quarter.

“There’s a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, general manager, US Vive.

“Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience.”

At the same time, HTC Creative Labs rolled out an upgrade to its native VR video player, Vive Video, and has integrated content from Vimeo for the first time.

In the new Vive Video experience, a curated selection of Vimeo content will be made available to browse and view in a VR experience within Vive Video-compatible headsets.

“Vimeo is committed to the future of storytelling and finding new ways to support our creators,” said Christophe Gillet, general manager of Vimeo’s Creator Platform. Vimeo added support for 360° videos on its service last March, allowing content creators to upload, share, and sell immersive content.

HTC also announced the largest customer experience upgrade to its Viveport store since it launched, replacing a traditional 2D catalogue with immersive and interactive VR previews.

“Until now, there has not been a shopping and browsing experience that takes advantage of the full functionality of VR,” said Viveport president, Rikard Steiber.

“Available in early access today, Viveport VR increases interaction with content and offers developers a preview that showcases the quality of their titles and experiences.”