HTC goes for Pro with pixel-packed Vive update

HTC Vive Pro pre-orders now live as price of original Vive drops

HTC Vive Pro will start shipping from April 5 for $799 but you'll have to get controllers and base stations separately

Global pre-orders are now available, with the Vive Pro's Australian price set at $1199 AUD. The new HTC VIVE Pro also features improved head-strap that can balance the load of the headset more evenly than before and also features simple adjustment button for users with glasses.

"The company also announced a "$120 price reduction for the current Vive full kit, bringing it down to $879 in Australia". We now know that HTC's latest and greatest will start shipping on April 5 (at least outside of the Middle East), and you can stick one on your face for US$$800. To thanks early adopters anyone purchasing a Vive Pro will receive a free six-month trial of a Viveport Subscription. The subscription service allows users to access up to five VR apps per month from a library of about 400 apps.

It is worth looking over the specs of the HTC Vive Pro again, as the product becomes available to (pre) purchase. We see a bumped up resolution to a combined 2880×1600 (the original offered a 2160×1200 resolution), a redesigned headstrap, integrated headphones, dual microphones and dual front cameras.

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InXile Entertainment recently announced that The Mage's Tale is coming to HTC Vive on March 23rd, 2018. Along with the visuals, the all-new Vive Pro even has high-performance and integrated headphones with an in-built amplifier that is created to build a heightened sense of sound and presence through abilities of noise cancellation.

If you already own a current model Vive, consider that the Vive Pro works with both SteamVR Tracking 1.0 and 2.0, meaning existing Vive customers can upgrade the headset only and continue to use current generation controllers and base stations. The price cut means the first-generation headset is available for US$499.

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