It’s no doubt that Virtual Reality is taking over the whole way of us experiencing – be it our games, work or even research. With that said, one of the leading VR players in the market – HTC has finally brought their new Vive and the Vive Pro Consumer VR System.
These two Vive headset are a dream come true to every single Virtual Reality Enthusiast.
The HTC Vive Consumer Edition, as the name suggest is the Consumer variant of what we have seen before back in CES 2016. In terms of the screen, we have a Dual AMOLED 3.6” diagonal display with a 1080 x 1200 pixels per eye. So, that’s 2160 x 1200 pixels combined together. Not just that, the AMOLED Panel has the capability to push 90 Hz Refresh rate to get the best experience possible. Now, you might be wondering about the Field of View. Well, since the display is positioned diagonally – you’ll get a 110 degree of view.
One of the important aspect in making a VR usable and fully immersive – it’s the sensor. With that said, they have partnered up with SteamVR. So, it has a SteamVR Tracking, G-Sensor, Gyroscope and Proximity Sensors. It comes with 5 different cables – HDMI, USB 2.0, Stereo 3.5mm Headphone Cable, Power and Bluetooth as well. This is just the headset.
The controller on the other hand has a SteamVR Tracking. It’s completely wireless and it can hold up to 6 hours of battery life. On the controller, you’ll find the multifunction trackpad, Grip Buttons, Dual-Stage Trigger, System and Menu Button as well. I’m sure you remember the Small cube that’s placed across the room and that’s the SteamVR Tracker which maps the room and allows you to have an immersive experience. The minimum room size that’s required to make the Vive work well is in a 6.6” x 5” size room.
HTC Vive Pro
Now HTC Vive Pro on the other hand is a step higher than the Vive itself. The size of the screen is pretty much the same as the Vive. But what they have done is push more pixels. So, now each AMOLED Display has resolution of 1440 x 1600. That’s a total of 2880 x 1660 combined. With that said, they have also included an Hi-Res Headset built in, which steps the sound quality better because it is an High Impedence Headpone.
The Vive Pro connects via USB-C 3.0, Display Port 1.2 and Bluetooth. As for the sensors, you’ll get everything you see with the Vive and an IPD Sensor as well. For extra added comfort, both the Vive and Vive Pro has an Adjustable Headphones and headstrap.
Pricing and Availability
The HTC Vive Consumer Edition is priced at RM 2,999 whereas the HTC Vive Pro Starter Edition is priced at RM 6,099. With that said, the first 200 consumers to purchase the Vive Pro Starter Kit will be entitled to get a free 3-months subscription to VIVEPORT – which is their VR Library that has tons of content to consume.