HTC Vive Pro official photograph from the front

HTC has just announced that the Vive Pro HMD (Head Mounted Display) will be coming this April at a $800 price tag, while the base version of the current Vive is going down to $500. The pre-orders have already begun, so if you're interested make sure to head on over to the official website. All orders for the Vive Pro HMD will begin shipping globally on April 5th, but if you decide to purchase it before June 3rd you will also be given a six-month subscription to Viveport, a service that grants you five games of your choice each month.

Before you do anything, however, it is worth mentioning that the Vive Pro HMD will not include the controllers or base stations. If you currently own a Vive this should be absolutely no problem since you already have everything you need, but everyone else will have to purchase them separately which is going to add quite a lot of spice to the already flaming price.

As far as specifics are concerned, the Vive Pro will come with dual-OLED displays that have a combined resolution of 2880 x 1600, a 78% increase over the current Vive HMD. In addition to the visuals, the Vive Pro will also come with high-performance headphones that should help make it "the most realistic and immersive VR experience on the market today". Oh, and perhaps most importantly, the Vive Pro will feature a redesigned head-strap that should balance the weight of the headset more evenly and prevent any strain on your neck while playing.

Whether all of this is worth it or not, that is going to be up to you to decide. Personally, I'd wait a few more months and then go with the classic Vive as there's bound to be quite a few of them floating around on the second-hand market by that point. It's going to be a slightly worse experience when compared to the Vive Pro, but for a VR device I'd say it's still pretty darn solid.

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