The HTC Vive is one of the most interesting virtual reality headsets of recent years. While it’s not completely ready for the general public as of yet, we did get a chance to check out the second-generation Vive hardware at CES 2016 here in Las Vegas. HTC is calling this new version the Vive Pre.
Just a few weeks ago, HTC CEO Cher Wang teased the company has made a “very, very big technological breakthrough” with the Vive. While the Vive Pre isn’t necessarily sporting a gigantic breakthrough of any sorts, it is improved over the first version. The Vive Pre comes with a lighter, more compact and streamlined design, complete with a redesigned head strap and interchangeable face and nose foam gaskets that should make the headset much more comfortable to wear. And although the Vive Pre’s resolution has remained unchanged, HTC says the clarity and vividness of the images are much better thanks to a feature called “mura correction.” The company has also improved the handheld controllers and base stations that let the system calculate users’ positions.
A few of us did a short demo of the Vive Pre at CES, and we managed to film out reactions to our first time wearing the headset. Be sure to take a look at the video above to find out what we think.