HTC and Oculus unveil new headsets at CES

Both HTC and their arch rivals Oculus have both unveiled new VR headsets at CES 2018.

HTC showed off its updated Pro version of its Vive headset while Oculus announced a new partnership with China’s Xiaomi that will result in a standalone headset.

The Vive Pro increase the total resolution to 2880 by 1600 pixels, with equates to a 78% increase on previous models. This will be provided by two OLED screens. The other headline feature is the integration of high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier.

Features aimed at developers include dual microphones with noise-cancellation and dual front-facing cameras.

“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 Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., VIVE.

“Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilize the best VR experience.”

HTC also showcased the Vive Wireless Adaptor, a wireless VR headset integration for both the new headset and its Vive predecessor. The adaptor makes use of Intel’s WiGig technology and will begin shipping in Q3.

Standing alone

Oculus are also preparing to move into the wireless VR space, with the creation of the standalone Oculus Go in conjunction with Bejing-based Xiaomi.

While the Oculus Go isn’t exactly new as it first alluded to at the Oculus Connect 4 conference in October 2017, the news that it will be manufactured for sale in western markets by Xiaomi is. It will retail at $199.

The duo are also working on another headset, the Xiaomi Mi Standalone. While this headset is essentially a rebranded Go, with identical specs, the difference is that it will exclusive to the Chinese market where the company has a much stronger presence then Oculus. There is currently no release date set.

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