Until we have a holodeck, the HTC Vive Pro Headset is your best option for virtual reality. With the Vive Pro, HTC took into consideration what the wearer needs in terms of comfort to feel totally immersed in their virtual world. Because, let’s face it, even if the virtual is so good that it’s almost reality, if your gear is uncomfortable, you’ll never really be able to escape into a different world.
So what does the Vive Pro offer? First, the lens distance is adjustable, helping provide relief for the eyes and preventing fatigue. The headphone, headstrap, and IPD are all adjustable, which means that the center of gravity can be adjusted—no more front heavy headsets. The face gasket has been increased by 24 percent and the face cushion and nose pad have been redesigned to block more light. The nose rest also features a flower petal inspired design to make it more comfortable for any nose.
Function has not been sacrificed for comfort, though. Resolution comes in at 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye and the screens have a 90 Hz refresh rate. All total, there’s a 110 degree field of view. The ear phones are high impedance and offer true spatial sound, and integrated microphones help block unwanted sound, yet allow you to converse with others if you choose. Additionally, the headset has a wireless adapter powered by Intel’s WiGig technology, giving you true freedom of movement.