Full Vive Pro retail kits available later this year, and the Vive wireless adapter is expected to be available in Q3 of this year. Consumer Technology Association forecasted Monday the VR market will see record growth in 2018 with AR/VR headsets and eyewear selling 4.9 million units in the USA in 2018 (a more than 25 percent increase from 2017).
Also worth noting are the dual front-facing cameras, one more than the current Vive, which HTC says are to "empower developer creativity". The ecosystem HTC has built through partnerships with Steam and its own Viveport app store, combined with being able to boast the most accurate roomscale tracking system, has kept the Vive at the top of the heap so far. It'll feature two OLED displays with a resolution of 2880 x 1600 - very similar to the Vive Focus standalone headset - an increase of 78 percent from the original HTC Vive's 2160 x 1200.
More details on Vive Pro availability and price will be made available soon. Many experts and virtual reality (VR) fans guessed that the Tweet was an indicator that the HTC Vive press conference would reveal a new type of display for the VR headset.
HTC also announced a slim WiGig adapter for the Vive. HTC is also planning to release a new version of the tracking hardware, which will allow room-scale tracking within a space of up to 10×10 meters - a bit more than 1000 square feet.More news: Richie Incognito Accused of Using Racial Slurs in Game
"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation.
A sharper display makes the VR experience run a lot smoother, with low-resolution imagery often the cause for people getting sick or disoriented. The new portal features sample VR previews that give quick interactive glimpses into a game.
But some other companies have started to ship VR headsets with a higher resolution.
"Viveport is moving to a VR first experience model, and with the all-new Viveport VR, we are changing the way consumers discover, experience and acquire VR content", said Rikard Steiber, president, Viveport. In addition to new features and UI upgrades, Vive Video has integrated content from Vimeo, the world's largest ad-free open video platform home to millions of creators worldwide. This is not believed to be the fabled HTC Vive 2, however.