CES 2018: Viveport VR Overhauls Platform With Interactive Content Catalog

HTC Will Be Sharing Important Resolution Updates For The Vive Display At CES 2018

If you want to experience VR untethered, HTC says that its newly unveiled Vive Wireless Adapter will work with both the Vive and Vive Pro. HTC said that Intel's wireless protocol provides an interference-free signal that can stream high-quality visuals with less than 7ms of latency.

It also features sharper resolution, built-in headphones, a redesigned headstrap for a more comfortable fit and dual front-facing cameras. The new displays on the Vive Pro will be a 78 percent increase in resolution over the original Vive, HTC explained at press conference on Monday.

HTC isn't saying anything on availability or price yet.

Additionally, HTC announced plans to release its own Vive Wireless Adapter, which, like the TPCast, will plug into a Vive-equipped computer to broadcast its video signal wirelessly.

With 36.7 million Americans expected to experience VR content at least once a month this year - a jump of 63.7% over last year says eMarketer - offering a way to untether HTC's original headset is something that could draw new interest to the field, and its device.

With the new OLED displays the HTC Vive Pro will be on par with HTC's standalone Vive Focus headset that was revealed previous year.


"Wireless VR has been on almost every VR user's wish list since the technology was unveiled", said Frank Soqui, general manager of the Virtual Reality Group at Intel, in a statement. Unlike any other platform, you'll be able to demo VR games in the VR world through the Vive headset prior to purchasing a title.

The Vive Wireless Adaptor will feature Intel's WiGig technology to make wireless VR a reality.

"It's something that's really needed to help users get over the hump of things like motion sickness [sometimes caused by blurring in VR headset displays]".

It also has a slightly new design, compared with the original Vive. Instead, users will see "fully immersive interactive previews".

The update is called Viveport VR, and it'll put users in a glossy, futuristic environment from where they can access all of Viveport's content, making it easier to discover new videogames and apps.

First published January 8 at 1:06 p.m. PT. Update, 1:58 p.m. PT: Adds that existing consumers will also be able to buy the Vive Pro later this quarter.

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