The HTC Vive Pro finally has a shipping date, and also a formal price tag. The Vive Pro, which is essentially a Vive 2.0, will start shipping from April 5 and will cost buyers $799 which roughly translates to Rs 52,090.80. This is just for the headset, which means, the controllers as well as the base stations, will have to purchased separately. The Vive Wireless Adaptor, which was announced along side the Vive Pro in January, will also be sold separately.
Turns out the Vive Pro is one expensive piece of gadgetry. The original Vive, to recall, included two controllers and two base stations in addition to the headset, and the whole package cost $599 (roughly Rs 39,051.80) at launch. The original Vive, meanwhile, will now be available at a discounted price of $499 (roughly Rs 32,532.30). It will also ship with one free copy of Fallout 4 VR. The Vive Pro is now available for pre-order and HTC has announced that those who buy the VR headset before June 3 will receive a free six-month Viveport subscription.
The Vive Pro, when you look at it carefully, isn’t a lot different from the original Vive. The core hardware still remains the same but HTC has added minor technicalities that should enhance user experience.
To begin with, the Vive Pro comes with dual OLED displays that combined offer a “78 per cent increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD.” Also it comes with integrated headphones with an built-in amplifier. There are now dual mics and dual cameras up-front for developers to make merry of and also there’s a redesigned headstrap for more comfortable viewing.
“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,” Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., Vive said during launch at CES 2018. “Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience.”