Vive Pro Priced, Pre-orders Open

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

HTC showcased the Vive Pro earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show, and now the VR headset is available to pre-order for $799. Those who purchase it before June 3 will get a free six-month Viveport subscription, which lets you choose up to five titles a month from a library of more than 400.

When we first tried out the Vive Pro back at CES in January, we were impressed by the headset's capabilities, despite not feeling exactly like a true second generation device.

Launching at the same price as the original Vive package, the Vive Pro will only include the HMD and does not come with any base stations or controllers. If you're open to the original Vive, that has dropped down to $500.

"Our goal has always been to offer the most premium VR platform available and to drive adoption for VR", said Vive U.S. general manager, Daniel O'Brien, speaking about the pricing changes.

At the same time, HTC has slashed $100 off the price of the older Vive headset, which now retails at $499.

The Vive Pro boasts a 78% increased pixel count and 37% increased pixel density over the standard HTC Vive, delivering a sharper image via two 1,440 x 1,600 AMOLED panels. This platform improves on the traditional PC-based VR experiences by removing the need to set up and configure external sensors in a room; with WMR, the sensors are built right into the headsets.

HTC says shipments for initial orders of the Vive Pro will start going out on April 5. Now at $499 including controllers, Fallout 4 and a 2 month Viveport subscription, it's a more attractive option than before. You'll find the biggest VIVE Pro improvement in its display, which features two OLED panels that boast a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600. Like other VR development platforms, VIVE makes use of Unity and the Unreal Engine and a proprietary SDK for building apps.

The full specs for the HTC Vive Pro can be seen through the Vive Pro section of HTC's site where the headset can also be preordered.

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