A wireless adapter HTC plans to push out sometime in the third quarter and is meant to unleash the original Vive from its wires. We know that it will default as a wired VR system, however, and we can nearly certainly confirm that it will not offer an improved field-of-view (FOV), thanks to the new resolution conforming to the original Vive's resolution ratio.
Teasing the news earlier with a tweet about New Year's resolution, HTC revealed the re-designed VR machine and all the goodies inside.
"There's a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset", said HTC's Daniel O'Brien, General Manager for Vive in the US.
The original HTC Vive stays on sale. As they state, HTC intends to provide information on the availability and price of the new VR headset after CES. The refreshed headset, which now has no price, will arrive in "Q1" of 2018, and it adds one huge upgrade, and a few small ones, to an otherwise familiar-looking Vive. HTC is increasing the resolution of the dual-OLED displays to 2880 x 1600 (1400 x 1600 per eye, and 615 ppi), a 78 percent increase from the 2160 x 1200 (1080 x 1200 per eye) resolution in the current Vive. The original Vive debuted almost two years ago, and the new Vive Pro is clearly created to address some of the complaints of that earlier headset. To make choosing for new experiences easier, Viveport is offering consumers a VR preview mode - a bit like a trailer for virtual reality, if you will.
HTC's upgraded Vive headset is a much-needed update for the line. The new portal features sample VR previews that give quick interactive glimpses into a game. Beyond improvements to the user interface, HTC is adding Vimeo videos to the platform.
The 2.0 base stations will also be "smaller, more reliable and offer improved performance", says Valve. Available in the second half of 2018, the adaptor features Intel's WiGig technology and operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band. It works with both the Vive and the Vive Pro and will be coming sometime this summer.