HTC’s new Vive Professional 2 headset comes with a beefy specs record… and price ticket
HTC has introduced the Vive Professional 2, a brand new digital actuality headset providing a 5K decision show with a 120-degree discipline of view and a most refresh price of 120Hz. This is not a standalone unit just like the Oculus Quest 2 and as an alternative is designed to be plumbed into your PC from the outset. You may want a beefy PC to have the ability to drive that 4096 x 2448 display, too, particularly in the event you’re aiming at that clean excessive refresh.
The high-resolution display means there’s virtually no screen-door impact, one thing that’s aided by the very fact the brand new show makes use of correct RGB sub-pixels. The double-lens design, with two lenses for every eye, stacked on prime of one another, is behind the improve within the Subject of View and likewise helps guarantee there is no such thing as a blurring in the direction of the perimeters.
|HTC Vive Professional 2||HTC Vive Professional|
|Show||IPS LCD||Twin AMOLED|
|Decision||2048 x 2448 per eye||1440 x 1600 per eye|
|Refresh Price||120 Hz||90 Hz|
|Subject of View||120 levels||110 levels|
|Base Stations||SteamVR 2.0 Lighthouse||SteamVR 2.0 Lighthouse|
|Controllers||HTC Vive Professional Controllers||HTC Vive Professional Controllers|
HTC has labored with Nvidia and AMD to optimize Show Stream Compression, which is outwardly a primary for a VR headset, to make sure that picture high quality is maintained whereas nonetheless providing backward compatibility with DisplayPort 1.2.
HTC is eager to level out that it would not wish to lose its present loyal PC person base, and so might be providing the head-mounted show (HMD) as an improve path by itself for those who have already got base stations and controllers, saving a good chunk of money within the course of.
Now for the deep breath second, the pricing: HTC has a promotion for pre-orders that sees the headset-only model for $749 (£659, AU$1,229) by itself. For those who want the complete starter pack which incorporates the headset, a pair of second-generation base stations, and Vive controllers, then you definately’re $1,399 (£1,299, AU$2,199).
That is some huge cash nonetheless you slice it. Particularly in a world the place our choose for the greatest VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2, could be had for $299 (£299, AU$479). And although that is a distinct sort of headset, its success is not one thing that may be simply ignored. Or its ease of use to be sincere. Let’s examine if high-end PC-tethered VR can carry on preventing.
The Vive Professional 2 will extra so be squaring up with the Valve Index at that worth, which is yet one more mammoth enterprise. The Index is the definition of high-end VR at present.
The headset-only model of the HTC Vive Professional 2 is on the market for pre-order as of later at present, with the complete package deal obtainable from June 4.