After the virtual reality helmet was shown at CES 2019 in January, the next corporate-level headset HTC, Vive Pro Eye, was launched just the other day. Well, at least in Europe and China.
The headset will be released in 25 countries across Europe, including in the UK for £ 1,499. To clarify, this price includes two SteamVR 2.0 base stations and updated Vive controllers. For comparison, the original Vive Pro kit costs £ 1,299, so there is a difference of £ 200 between them. Unlike the original Pro, it doesn’t look like you can buy a headset yourself at a lower price.
There are currently no details on pricing and release dates in the United States. However, it is worth noting that £ 1,499 is converted at about $ 1,936.34. Currently, the Pro Starter Kit costs $ 1,098. Earlier, Vive also launched headset orders in China at a cost of ¥ 13,888. Thus, the cost of the helmet is approximately $ 2,021.82, although this is the price with additional taxes from China. We’ll have to wait and see what the average cost will gain a virtual reality helmet.
It is important to note that the Vive Pro also comes with an Advantage volume license and a two-year warranty for commercial use. The license automatically adds £ 198 to the cart, but you can remove it. However, it will be important for those who want to use Pro Eye for commercial use.
For this price, the Vive Pro Eye is almost £ 600 more than the full Valve Index, which runs in June for £ 919.
Vive Pro Eye is in many ways similar to the original Pro with one major addition: eye tracking. A headset can follow your look and use it in a VR app. It may well be that it is used as an input form, for example, but it can also be used for foveated rendering. It reduces PC requirements, which drives the entire VR story. The image below shows how this works.
In addition, the Vive Pro Eye has two displays of 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye (2880 x 1600 pixels in combination). It also has a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a field of view of 110 degrees (FOV).
As we said, this is a very enterprise-oriented headset. Anyone can purchase it, but HTC created this virtual reality helmet for business use first. Do not expect game developers to support new features. If you are more interested in this, you probably want to wait for the HTC Vive Cosmos.
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