In February 2016, the HTC Vive debuted as one of two high-end virtual reality headsets, along with the Oculus Rift. While we’ve seen plenty of headsets designed for smartphones and a whole slate of Windows Mixed Reality headsets since then, the Vive and Rift have remained the two high-powered rigs at the forefront of VR gaming.
The tech was cool, but unfortunately for HTC, the sales weren’t hot. The Vive and the Rift haven’t been sales disasters, but they haven’t led to mass market adoption — the cheaper PlayStation VR headset has had more success, but even that’s garnered a relatively small market compared to the number of PlayStation 4 consoles sold.
After two years of the Vive on the market, HTC is ready for round two. At CES 2018, they announced the Vive Pro, which brings quite a few upgraded features that were lacking in the original. For core VR fans, there’s a lot here that will address major VR headaches — including some of the literal sort. Here’s what they’re improving, and where they might still fall short.