HTC rolls out Viveport VR and Vive Video user interface updates

09 January, 2018, 01:00 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
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HTC has announced an upgrade feature and functionality to their current existing marketplace called Viveport VR during CES 2018. The key to VR is immersion, and better resolution makes that possible.

The highlight of the new system is the improved combined 2880 by 1600 resolution from its dual-OLED displays, which the company boasts is a 78 percent increase over the original Vive. Other improvements are "integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier", dual microphones, and dual front facing cameras "designed to empower developer creativity", presumably with augmented reality applications.

We'll have more on Vive Pro and the Vive Wireless Adaptor as it's made available.

There is some good news for existing Vive owners, there's a Vive Pro HMD-only upgrade option which means all the extras such as controllers and base stations are not required making an upgrade cheaper.

Perhaps as a result of that cooperation, HTC also released a version of its Vive Video app for Daydream Monday, allowing users of Google's Daydream VR headset to browse Vimeo videos in VR as well. "By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel's WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers".

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"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wishlist since the technology was unveiled", said Intel GM Frank Soqui. Could HTC Vive make a move into the world of 4K resolution?

Finally, Vive has overhauled its Viveport storefront to improve discovery and enable VR previews of content.

"Viveport is moving to a VR first experience model, and with the all-new Viveport VR, we are changing the way consumers discover, experience and acquire VR content", said Rikard Steiber, president, Viveport. The new portal features sample VR previews that give quick interactive glimpses into a game.

The headphones that for the HTC Vive were a separate purchase are now included as a standard with HTC Vive Pro. The Vive Pro's headstrap includes a sizing dial so the headset is a lot more balanced, and it hopefully won't feel too top heavy at the front.

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