HTC Vive Pro premium VR arrives April 5 for $799

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Not only that, but HTC is opening up pre-orders for the VIVE Pro today, with a launch date that's right around the corner.

According to HTC, the Vive Pro comes with dual-OLED displays, making for a crisper image resolution of 2880 x 1600 combined, a 78% increase in resolution over the current Vive HMD.

The full specs for the HTC Vive Pro can be seen through the Vive Pro section of HTC's site where the headset can also be preordered. Effective today, the original Vive costs $499, versus its previous $599 price tag.

"With the Vive Pro we are delivering the best quality display and visual experience to the most discerning VR enthusiasts".

The VIVE Pro also features a pair of integrated headphones with a built-in amplifier, again an improvement over the original VIVE, which offered a deluxe audio strap add-on for an extra $99.

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The existing Vive VR headset, meanwhile, will be reduced in price to £500.

"Our goal has always been to offer the most premium VR platform available and to drive adoption for VR", said Vive U.S. general manager, Daniel O'Brien, speaking about the pricing changes.

Let us know what you think about the HTC Vive Pro and whether or not this is something that you are interested in getting.

The pre-orders have gone live through HTC's own Vive.com website and other retailers, like Amazon. Those who found the original headset uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time will also be pleased to hear that the newer version has been optimized both in terms of comfort and blocking external light.

You'll also need a pretty beefy PC to power the advanced headset, so we suspect the Vive Pro will be something professional designers looking to use VR for high-end and collaborative design projects and companies offering bespoke VR experiences will tap into, rather than the average Joe or Jill with a powerful PC. Orders received before June 3 will include a six-month trial for Viveport, which gives you five games of your choice every month. Those who sign up before March 22 can lock in a price of $7 a month for the rest of the year.

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