HTC Vive Pro Launches in April for $799, Only Includes the Headset

The HTC Vive Pro arrives in April for $799, current Vive drops to $499

But if you're hoping for a big visual upgrade for virtual reality you might be a little disappointed. How that plays out among VR adopters remains to be seen, though it seems to us as a missed opportunity for HTC. For the money, you are also getting six free months of HTC's Viveport subscription service. But what's more significant is what's not included, namely controllers and sensors. For current Vive owners, the Vive Pro can still be used with the existing base stations and controllers, making upgrading a pretty painless process.

The form factor has also been updated to maximise comfort with a redesigned head-strap that balances the weight of the headset more evenly and features easy simple adjustment buttons for Vive users with glasses. Now, the tech industry isn't known for being particularly ecological, but it still strikes me as quite wasteful. Previously, those were add-on options for the old Vive. On the other side of the coin, the VIVE at its new price offers a lot of value (especially compared to its previous price points), so what's the difference between the two?

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"With the Vive Pro, we are delivering the best quality display and visual experience to the most discerning VR enthusiasts", HTC's Daniel O'Brien explains in a post to the Vive Blog. That would be a insane level of loyalty. "By lowering the price of the current Vive, we are making VR more accessible while expanding the potential market for developers". Oculus, which prior to being acquired by Facebook was deeply invested in the enthusiast scene, is now racing itself to the bottom, clearly betting on mass market appeal and lower specs.

HTC has also added a pair of detachable headphones to the Vive Pro, removing the need to use standalone headphones with the device. It is also created to be more comfortable and convenient, featuring built-in headphones, a redesigned face cushion and nose pad that blocks more light, and a dial to adjust the headstrap in place of a Velcro fastening. Will you be picking one up at launch?

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