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HTC has a new high-res Vive Pro VR headset

It more than doubles the screen resolution of the original model.
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HTC has a few upgrades in store for its virtual reality headset, the Vive. First up, the Vive Pro, which features a pair of higher-resolution OLED screens (2,880 x 1,600 versus the original's 1,080 x 1,200) and built-in headphones. The Oculus Rift headset had attached headphones when it launched in early 2016.

The Vive Pro will work with the original headset's base stations for room-scale motion tracking. You can just buy a standalone headset and your wand controller and everything else will remain compatible with the upgraded display hardware. The Pro's headphones also feature integrated 3D audio.

The company has also announced a wireless adapter for the Vive, creatively dubbed the Vive Wireless Adapter. It taps Intel's WiGig tech to cut the umbilical. And if you want a standalone VR headset from the company, check out the Vive Focus.

When we spoke with Vive co-creator Chet Faliszek in 2016 he admitted that increased resolution was one of the things the company was working toward. But that it wouldn't make much sense to release a full-on second-gen model until graphics cards could hit 90 frames per second in VR.

There's no word yet on when the Vive Pro will be available.

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