HTC has announced the Vive Pro 2, a new virtual reality headset with a 5K resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate

The Vive Pro 2 is a consumer-oriented follow-up to the original Vive Pro, with a 120-degree field of view, 120Hz refresh rate, and "premium 5K accuracy" (2.5K per eye) (while no actual resolution has been announced yet, that puts it in the same ballpark as 1440p per eye). The Pro 2 prioritizes backward compatibility, which means it can work with all previous Vive accessories, trackers, and controls. There's also support for the Valve Index Knuckles and the Vive face tracker, which was just revealed.

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HTC also introduced two new virtual reality headsets to its Vive line of products. The HTC Vive Pro 2 and HTC Vive Focus 3 will be available next month, the company announced at this year's Vivecon meeting.

Preorders for the Vive Pro 2 begin today, May 11th, with the headset launching on June 4th. It will cost $749/£659 during the preorder phase. A "full-kit" update, which includes the headphones, Base Station 2.0 trackers, and Vive Controllers, will be available from August 4 for $1399/£1299.

HTC Vive Pro 2 specifications, features:
HTC Vive Pro 2 comes with two 2.5K RGB low persistence LCD screens with 2,448x2,448 pixels per eye for a total of 4,896x2,448 pixels or as HTC calls it, 5K. It supports 90Hz and 120Hz refresh rate but the Vive Wireless Adapter is limited to 90Hz. The headset comes with up to 120-degree field-of-view (FoV) and has removable headphones with Hi-Res audio certification. HTC Vive Pro 2 comes with integrated dual microphones and Bluetooth for connectivity. The peripherals connect via a USB Type-C port. In terms of sensors, Vivo Pro 2 features G-sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, IPD sensor, and SteamVR Tracking 2.0. Users can adjust IPD, headphone position, head strap, and lens distance.


HTC collaborated with Nvidia and AMD to refine Display Stream Compression, a first for a VR headset, to ensure image consistency is preserved while still supporting DisplayPort 1.2 backward compatibility.

The high-resolution panel virtually eliminates the screen-door effect, which is assisted by the new display's use of proper RGB sub-pixels. The double-lens configuration, which consists of two lenses mounted on top of each other for each eye, is responsible for the improved Field of View and also ensures that there is no blurring near the edges.

HTC is keen to emphasize that it does not wish to abandon its current PC customer base, so the head-mounted display (HMD) will be available as a stand-alone upgrading path for anyone who already owns base stations and controllers, saving a significant amount of money in the process.
 
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