New HTC Vive Pro 2 VR headset coming in June

Justin Melillo
New HTC Vive Pro 2 VR headset coming in June

In the latest from VIVECON 2021, two new HTC VR headsets are hitting the market next month. One of them is aimed at businesses, but the other one may be the next big thing for sim racers who utilize VR systems. 

The HTC Vive Pro 2 is available to pre-order now and will hit store shelves on the fourth of June. The new headset will come with 5K resolution, 2.5K per eye which is a big increase from the just sub 3K resolution total from the previous model, but that’s not all that the new flagship VR has to offer. 

The new-and-improved HTC Vive Pro 2

One of the new features, per the release, is the optimization of “display stream compression” (DSC) for the first time in a VR headset. There’s also minimal motion blur and screen door effect in the new model, making it feel more immersive. Basically, the image displayed will be at its maximum potential when it reaches the user’s retinas. It’s going to look spectacularly realistic no matter what it’s getting plugged into or what’s getting played. 

There are tons of adjustable features included, like a “fine-adjustable inter-pupillary distance” (IPD). The weight of the product is evenly distributed for better balance, the head strap is more comfortable and adjustable, and dialed in with the quick-adjustable sizing dial. 

3D spatial sound with Hi-Res Audio Certified headphones ties the build together, or feel free to use any third-party headsets. As far as other accessories are concerned, such as SteamVR ecosystem accessories, the next generation will work together with pretty much all of it. 

For a sim racer, another added benefit is the increased field of view, now up to 120 degrees from the previous models’ 100 degrees. Titles such as Assetto Corsa Competizione, iRacing, and Project Cars 3 are already VR-ready, so anyone looking to get into it may want to jump on this pre-order to see what the best headset on the market may be when it releases. 

The new Vive Pro 2 headset will cost £659, $749 or €739 depending on where you live, of course. In comparison, the current model is still listed at $599 in the US, but it also shows that it is no longer available. If we get a chance, we’ll let you know how it is, so stay tuned to Traxion for more details after the release. 

Check out the entire VIVECON 2021 Keynote below. The Vive Pro 2 section begins at timestamp 36:14.

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