HTC Vive Pro

[Review] HTC Vive Pro

In an attempt to gauge the virtual reality market once again, HTC has launched HTC Vive Pro. For those of you unaware, this is improved version of the Vive. It has better resolution, better specifications, and better overall performance. The new machine is definitely a great gadget to have, but if you already own the original HTC Vive, there aren’t many reasons to get this new one. Yes, it does improve the visual fidelity of some games, and some performance as well. However, the jitteriness is still there and until that’s taken care of we can’t really say it’s the perfect product. If you have been holding out on buying a VR device however, then you should definitely go with the HTC Vive Pro. The original HTC Vive is already quite expensive, so you might as well put in a few extra bucks and get yourself the latest version. Some of the improvements that have been brought with HTC Vive Pro have been detailed.

Better Visuals

Better Visuals

The visuals for VR games are never that good, but they have received significant improvement with the new Vive Pro. Visuals in video games have become extremely important. The hardware is being pushed to its limit with the latest titles, and people expect the same from VR devices. For such audiences, a device like Vive Pro was a must. The original device wasn’t letting developers experiment a lot when it came to visual fidelity and that held them back. However, with new and improved Pro version, things are definitely better. Although it’s not a huge graphical leap as some may have expected, but it is still better than nothing. This is the reason we said that those of you who already own the original HTC Vive, don’t have to get the latest version.

in-build headphones

In-Built Headphones

One thing that really bothered me and other users when using HTC Vive was that headphones that we had to use were external and they messed with the whole setup. HTC learned their lesson and removed that annoyance by introducing in-built headphones. This means that won’t have to rely on third party peripherals for sound as the device itself does the job just fine. Sound in VR games is extremely important as it has to act like your surroundings. However, that wasn’t possible with most third-party peripherals. Things however are better with the new version as the in-built headphones work incredibly well.

Software

Software

Software is where HTC Vive Pro suffers the most. There isn’t a single must play game on the platform and that’s just not good enough. Software drives hardware sales and without any significant title in their library, they can’t expect people to lineup for their offering. The same games that worked on the original Vive, work on Vive Pro as well, so there’s no initiative to upgrade either. HTC needs to get some first party studios, so that they can create exclusive titles for the peripheral. Exclusive games that are actually good are the only reasons for people get into a device. Otherwise, HTC Vive Pro would just be another VR gadget in the market with no software to its name.