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HTC Vive Wireless Adapter Takes VR to the Next Level

HTC Vive Wireless Adapter Takes VR to the Next Level

In addition, the VR system now comes with regular headphones of built into the design, and dual microphones with active noise cancellation.

And the firm has also come up with a new way for virtual reality users to discover new content - 3D previews that they can try out before purchasing or subscribing. The consolidation of the adapter components into one Wireless VR unit allows a fully immersive user experience.

While the likes of LG, Samsung and Sony stole the spotlight on Monday at CES 2018, HTC sneaked in a surprise announcement of its own before the day was over.

On Tuesday, shares of HTC outperformed the broader market, up 0.42 percent to close at NT$72.30 (US$2.45) after the debut of the Vive Pro, while the weighted index on the main board ended down 0.01 percent at 10,914.89 points. This will enable both the VIVE and VIVE Pro VR headsets connect to the computer wireless. It should go on sale worldwide in the third quarter.

Despite the increased resolution putting extra demands on the wireless bandwidth, the newly announced cable-free module that's due to ship after the summer will still work with the Vive Pro. It must be noted that wireless adapters for VR headsets aren't new, only this time round; HTC has gone through the trouble to provide an in-house solution for those looking to cut cords without compromising on all-round VR experience.

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The new HTC Vive Pro is an impressive bit of kit, but after having it strapped to my face at CES I'm less enthused about the visual upgrade than I am about the huge ergonomic improvement.

I also played Doom VFR with a Vive using the Vive Wireless Adaptor.

The creators of the HTC Vive Pro carefully approached the issue of load distribution on the user's head. This premium resolution improves immersion for VR fanatics, and the upgraded clearness means text, graphics, and overall experience has a sharper view.

"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", Frank Soqui, general manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation said. The Vive Pro, when you look at it carefully, isn't a lot different from the original Vive.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor is a little wishbone shaped box based on Intel's WiGig technology and will operate in the 60Ghz band offering lower latency and better performance, according to HTC. HTC says that the Wireless Adaptor will be available in Q3, while further availability information regarding the Vive Pro will arrive "soon" (which is as detailed as the company would get).