HTC Vive Pro Headset Permanently Reduced to $600

Discussion in 'VR & Head-Mounted Displays' started by CHAoS_NiNJA, Jan 14, 2020 at 12:04 PM.

  1. CHAoS_NiNJA

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    Both are too pricey for a niche genre. If Index full kit was $350 it would help VR get much faster traction.
     
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    There are already kits for around that price range, but the Vive Pro and Index are top end premium products. You're asking for a Supra for the price of a used Camry.
     
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    Yeah those are all crap. That's why these should be 1/3rd the price they are.
     
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    You mean you need to spend more money to get quality? Shocking.

    I'm not really sure why you...came to this thread to rant, I'm just posting this to let people know about the price drop.
     
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    Odyssey+ at $250-$300 has better visuals than the vive pro for half the price, I've tried both back to back in the same game. The controller tracking is better on the vive, but not $600 better given the vive with base stations and wands is $900. HTC is likely done with vr at this point.
     
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    HTC still makes HMDs? Who knew?

    Oh god, it still ships with the wands? Yuck. Save a bit and get the surprisingly competitive Rift S or be a baller and get a full Index setup.
     
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    Sorry, but no LCD displays for me. I am too hooked for the OLED blacks to even consider it. At least for now.

    Pimax already offers a set with HMD, base stations and Valve Index controllers. HTC should do the same, ditch the god damn wands and offer the Pro kit with Index.
     
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    That's what I thought too, then I actually used a Rift S. The biggest difference isn't the blacks, but the reduced SDE by getting away from the OLED pentile subpixel layout. Even though it's "lower resolution" it does not feel like it.

    I do still prefer my Quest though, but mainly for other reasons. Use it anywhere, any time, completely free of wires - unless you want a wire, it does that too...
     
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    Thats true. Although the downsides are that it is not available in europe, and it is still a WMR set with WMR controllers. And that 250-300 is only an offer that comes and goes. Last I checked it is about 400 again?
     
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    Yeah I just wish Oculus would unlock the refresh rate to 90hz on Quest with the Link cable. The panel is capable of it, hell it is the same thing as on Vive Pro and Odyssey+, so what is the hold up? When that happens, I will probably buy one for my upcoming portable VR set.

    You do not think the blacks are washed out on games like Elite Dangerous?
     
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    Yeah, it bounces around a bit, but if you wait a week or two you can find it at $300 or under. It's $348 on amazon right now. Even at that price it's a way better deal than the Vive pro, or just about any other headset. The WMR controllers (or more accurately, tracking range) are the only real downside. They work fine when in view, but if they go out of your FOV they don't map 1:1 anymore - though tbh there are not many times you need accurate tracking when they're not in your sight. It's just immersion breaking more than any kind of game play issue.
     
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    Oculus can't just unlock the refresh rate of the Quest. First they would have to get low level access to the processor from Qualcomm, then they would have to jump through a bunch of hoops for FCC certification.

    As for the OLED vs LCD debate in VR headsets, well it's all down to what you prefer the most. At the moment it's a trade off. For myself, I would rather the clarity of the LCD screen with little or no SDE than the black levels of the OLED screens.

    Lastly, the Samsung Odyssey +. I had one for a while and compared it to the Rift Civ1. I kept the Civ 1 and returned the Odyssey +. Uncomfortable, tiny sweet spot, only average tracking and a poor ecosystem. There is more to VR than the quality of the picture. If you mainly like to watch movies, youtube etc with a small bit of mainly static gaming, then the Odyssey + would be perfect for the $250-$300 price. But, I struggle to see how anyone could use it long term as gaming headset.
     
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    For those who have experienced both, is the vive pro a substantial upgrade to the regular vive? and how does it perform with the wireless adapter? My vive wirelees is flawless, and I won't buy another HMD without wireless. Still waiting for freaking valve to make more Knuckles available.

    Oh - does vive pro require 2.0 lighthouses?
     
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    I cannot answer the first question, but regarding the second I am quite sure the lighthouses are backwards and forwards compatible. 2.0 houses simply offer better tracking on bigger areas IIRC.
     
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    The Vive Pro is a big upgrade over the regular Vive. And it should work flawlessly with the Wireless adapter. But, YMMV. It won't require new lighthouses. If you are feeling brave you can try the GearVR lens mod.