HTC recently announced its newest virtual reality headset, the Vive Pro 2. The follow-up to 2018’s Vive Pro, this monster headset will boast a 5k resolution display, a 120-Hz refresh rate, and a 120-degree field of view. In addition, it also supports Display Stream Compression (DSC), which is a visually lossless standard that you’ll see most often in high-end monitors. A first for VR headset displays, DSC minimizes motion blur, making movements and visuals much clearer.
A Clear View: HTC Vive Pro 2 in Layman’s Terms
What does all that jargon mean if you’re not a nerd? It means that the Vive Pro 2 is designed to give you an astonishing view of whatever you’re looking at through your VR headset. Watching the demo videos makes this abundantly clear — you can see an amazing amount of detail in characters’ faces, from the pores in their skin to individual hairs.
Extras and Features
In addition to the display, the Vive Pro 2 sports features that you’d expect from a high-end VR headset, including sizing dials, adjustable straps, and a display that adjusts for different eye spacing. The headphones are Hi-Res Audio Certified with 3D spatial sound so you can hear zombies creeping up on you from behind. The unit also works with third-party headphones and HTC Vive’s SteamVR accessories, including body trackers, the new Facial Tracker, and any SteamVR controllers.
Conclusion and Purchasing
More than anything, though — we’re excited to see that display in action. The 5k resolution display, blur-free motion, and wide field of view make the experience the most immersive yet. Priced at $800, the HTC Vive Pro 2 headset is available now for pre-order with a release date of June 3rd. If you want the whole kit including controllers and base stations, it cost $1,400 MSRP with a release date in July.
To learn more, visit Vive.com.