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HTC expanding PC VR headset line-up with Vive Pro 2 this June

Includes 5K resolution and 120Hz refresh.

HTC has unveiled the latest addition to its PC VR headset line-up in the form of the Vive Pro 2, which arrives on 4th June with pre-orders open now.

As its name implies, HTC's Vive Pro 2 is the direct successor to the high-end PC VR headset it released in 2018. It'll up the ante with a 5K resolution display (2448x2448 pixels per eye), a 120-degree field of view, and a 120Hz panel. By way of contrast, the original Vive Pro featured a 2880x1600 resolution, a 110-degree field of view, and a 90Hz refresh rate.

HTC claims the Vive Pro 2's technological upgrades mean "minimal motion blur", while screen door effect is said to be "virtually eliminated".

Meet Vive Pro 2 - Trailer.

The headset - which features adjustable inter-pupillary distance (IPD), head strap, and sizing dial - supports the visually lossless Display Stream Compression standard, and includes a pair of Hi-Res Audio Certified headphones that deliver 3D spatial sound, although HTC notes third-party headphones are also supported.

And if you're wondering how the Vive Pro 2 might slot into your current VR set-up, it's compatible with Vive Trackers of any generation, the new Vive Facial Tracker, and will work with existing SteamVR accessories - "whether it's Base Station 1.0 or Base Station 2.0, older Vive controllers, or even controllers and gloves like Valve's Index 'knuckle' controllers".

A headset-only version of the Vive Pro 2 will launch on 4th June and is available to pre-order now - it's priced at £719/€799/$799 USD, but HTC is offering a £60 discount for those that sign up to its newsletter before 31st May. The full-kit version - which also includes the Base Station 2.0 and Vive controllers - launches on 4th August for £1299/€1399/$1399.

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