The HTC Vive is one of the best VR headsets since the time of its release and not only did the headset have amazing features but it was supported by tons of amazing VR content making it one of the best headsets.
HTC Vive Pro is just the professional version of the Vive where there are more features added just so that the VR headset can be used by professionals in different fields.
If you have that kind of green for the Pro version of the Vive and are still thinking if it is worth your money or not then you should definitely read this comparison post where we would compare all the major features on both the headsets.
The Vive and the Vive Pro both have some excellent features but it really depends on what you are looking for in order to decide which one is a better headset for you.
So do read up on all the features and let us know which you think is a better option in the comments below-
Design and Display
HTC is planning to release this version for professionals and hence it is going to have the best features and might be on the expensive side as well.
The resolution on the lenses of the headset is 2880 x 1600 in comparison to the 2160 x 1200 resolution in the current consumer Vive version.
This increase in resolution is going to give you a much-enhanced gameplay experience. You can see words clearly from a distance and other fine visual details much better in the HTC Vive Pro.
However, the FOV is not having any new changes and you might have to just deal with that but the bump in the resolution sure feels great.
There are no more pixelated screens and this definitely gives a really enhanced immersive experience. The bump in resolution can open up various opportunities for using this VR headset in various other fields.
The design of the headsets is slightly different. The HTC Vive is all black in color and comes with a single front-facing camera for tracking.
Vive comes with a three-way strap for a comfortable fit. However, the Vive Pro has a clip at the back that fastens to adjust the headset according to your needs.
It is designed in a way that it feels more comfortable than the usual vive and you can clearly wear it for longer periods of time.
But there are a few people who feel that the Vive Pro feels slightly heavier because of the uneven distribution of the weight of the headset.
Vive Pro has two front-facing cameras that make it a much better choice when it comes to room scale tracking. Overall, there are stark design changes that you can see in both the headsets.
You have more space for your nose on the Vive Pro in comparison to the Vive and it even comes with built-in headphones.
Field of View and Refresh Rate
Field of View is a pretty important feature as the more the FOV, the wider is your viewing angle in VR making the experience more immersive.
The Field of View on the HTC Vive is around 110 degrees and that is pretty good considering the VR quality that you get with the headset.
The FOV on the Vive Pro remains the same as well. So both the headsets have the same FOV giving you a similar experience and a very similar level of immersion.
The refresh rates on both the Vive and the Vive Pro is 90Hz. Both the headsets have pretty good refresh rates that would run the games smoothly provided you have a PC that meets the specifications needed by these two headsets
Tracking and controllers
Apart from all the technicalities, one can clearly say that the Vive pro is better for a larger room scale tracking than the Vive. Both the headsets are excellent in tracking and they are way better than the other headsets in competition.
The Vive Pro has two front-facing cameras while the Vive has a single front-facing camera. The Vive Pro is slightly better in tracking but there is no significant difference.
When you look at the gameplay on both these headsets you are definitely going to like it slightly better on the Vive Pro.
Which headset gives a better gameplay experience?
Honestly, the gameplay experience really depends on your comfort as there are a few people who consider the Vive way better than the Vive Pro.
The weight of the headset is distributed more evenly in case of the HTC Vive making it a much better headset than the Vive Pro.
The price point of the Vive Pro is way too high for what you get, honestly, even though there are upgrades in the headset, none of them feel like a $900 worth update.
If you really want to just use the vive for gameplay then sticking to the HTC Vive seems like a far better option than investing your money on the Vive Pro.
The Vive Pro can be a good investment for professionals who are looking to use Vive for more than gaming. So if you get the Vive for almost half the price of the Vive Pro then it is not a bad deal after all.
The games are the same on both the headsets so there is not a huge difference in the gameplay. You might find a few features better on the Vive Pro like the audio and other things but overall looking at the price point I prefer the Vive.
Would you go all the way and spend a fortune on the Vive Pro to get a enhanced gameplay or would you prefer to stick to the Vive?
Let’s know your thoughts in the comments below!
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