HTC still has a lot to say in the field of virtual reality and today it confirms it with two new features. After almost three years, the HTC Vive Pro has been renewed with the new HTC Vive Pro 2, while the HTC Vive Focus 3 arrives after the HTC Vive Focus Plus of 2019.

A double combo to provide experiences with “5K” resolution, in both cases above the previous. The updates have focused on this aspect (as you might expect), as the design has been kept relatively unchanged (especially in the case of the Pro) and they appear to be even more oriented toward the professional field.

Data sheet of the HTC Vive Pro 2 and HTC Vive Focus 3

HTC VIVE PRO 2HTC VIVE FOCUS 3
DISPLAYSDual RGB LCD panels
2,448 × 2,448 px per eye
(4,896 x 2,448 px combined)
90/120 Hz, up to 120º
Dual 2.88-inch LCD panels
2,448 × 2,448 px per eye
(4,896 x 2,448 px combined)
90 Hz, up to 120º
AUDIOIntegrated headphones
Hi-Res certification (via USB-C)
Dual microphone
Built-in speakers
Hi-Res certified (via 3.5mm)
Dual microphone with cancellation
SENSORSG-sensor
Gyroscope
Proximity
IPD
SteamVR Tracking V2.0
4 x
G-sensor
Gyroscope
Proximity Tracking Cameras
DRUMS26.6 Wh lithium (exchangeable)
CONNECTIVITYBluetooth
USB-C
2 x USB 3.2 Gen. 1 Type C
Bluetooth 5.2 + BLE
Wi-Fi 6
PRICEAbout 616 euros to change1,404 euros

Equal conditions on screens, but not on design

As we said, the most important jump (especially in the Focus ) is the resolution of 2.5K per eye, resulting in a 5K combined. This goes, in the case of the Pro, from 2,880 x 1,600 pixels to 4,896 x 2,448 pixels, which promises a better experience at the level of sharpness (although the resolution always depends on the processing and compatibility).

In the two headsets we see, yes, LCD screens, and not OLED as in the previous Pro. The maximum refresh rate is higher in the case of the Pro 2, reaching 120 Hz and remaining at 90 Hz in the case of the Focus 3, with a field of view of up to 120 degrees in both cases, which also experiences some improvement in relation to the previous (110 degrees). With the increase in the field of vision, the brand seeks to eliminate the “prismatic effect” that occurs especially in glasses with smaller fields of vision.

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At the design level, as we said, the Pro 2 drink a lot from the previous Pro, while the Focus 3 do present a more different appearance than their predecessors. The brand thus seems to be convinced of the ergonomics of its Vive Pro, having focused more on the Focus by relocating the battery (on the rear strap, renewed) and by distributing the weight better .

The Focus 3 integrates the Snapdragon XR2 and has a front fan (in addition to a copper pipe) to avoid overheating to the maximum. The wireless format is maintained, but it can still be connected to a compatible computer.

Regarding compatibility, the Pro 2 (which continue to depend on a PC, either by cable or with the Vive Wireless Adapter) start from the following minimum requirements at the level of the computer to which they connect:

  • Processor: from an Intel Core i5-4590 or an AMD Ryzen 1500.
  • Graphics card: from NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480. For maximum resolution, the minimum is the GeForce RTX 20 (Turing) or AMD Radeon 5000 (Navi) series.
  • RAM: from 8 GB RAM.
  • Video output: DisplayPort 1.2. DisplayPort 1.4 with DSC for maximum resolution.
  • USB ports: one 3.0 or newer.
  • Operating system: Windows® 10.

Price and availability of the HTC Vive Pro 2 and HTC Vive Focus 3

The HTC Vive Pro 2 will be available from $ 749 (about 616 euros to change) talking about the base model, starting from $ 1,399 (about 1,150 euros to change) if it is the complete VR kit, the price for Europe is yet to be known. . The expected date of availability is June 4.

Of the HTC Vive Focus 3 we do know the starting price for Europe: 1,404 euros. These will begin to be available from June 27.