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HTC Vive Pro 2 vs. Live Pro, which is better? | Digital Trends Spanish


During the ViveCon 2021 event, HTC announced two new generations of virtual reality (VR) headsets, and one of them is a major upgrade to the Vive Pro, the Vive Pro 2. At first glance, these models look very similar and we know that the Vive fans want to know all the details before deciding whether to switch devices or not. Next, we compare HTC Vive Pro 2 vs. Live Pro.

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HTC Vive Pro 2 vs. Live Pro

Design

For the Pro 2, Vive left its viewfinder design largely unchanged. Both models still include the same ergonomics, adjustable straps, and cable management options when you link your glasses to your PC or laptop. Although it may seem that the Pro model did not offer enough for its price compared to the original Vive, the truth is that the resistant and comfortable visor is very good. The Pro 2 benefits from all of this, and both models offer physical IPD (interpupillary distance) adjustments of between 57mm and 72mm. They both use USB-C connections.

The only noticeable difference here is an aesthetic change to the face plate, which now comes in black by default instead of blue. A decision in which the buyer has nothing to do.

Screen quality and field of view

Inside, the Vive Pro 2 receives a marked improvement over the Vive Pro. The first Pro model comes with a screen resolution of 1,400 x 1,600 per eye for a combined resolution of 2,800 x 1,600, a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz and a field of view of 110 degrees.

The Pro 2 improves on that with a 2,448 x 2,448 resolution per eye (4,896 x 2,448 total), a 120-degree field of view, and a 120Hz refresh rate; much better specs to experience all that a VR game has to offer and with the potential to improve nausea issues thanks to better overall clarity. The Vive Pro 2 also has some improvements to its software, including a second-generation version of SteamVR tracking and better sensors.

In short, the Vive Pro 2 is the viewfinder with more details (its screen offers the highest resolution on the market), and they use LCD panels instead of the OLEDs of the original Vive Pro. That should mean, while they are faster and more detailed, they might not deliver the same deep blacks and infinite contrast ratio of the original Pro screens.

It should be noted that despite the jump in improvements, HTC did not change the recommended PC specs for the Vive Pro 2. That means you don’t have to upgrade your computer when you buy the Pro 2. At least not yet.

Audio

Audio is another area where HTC made relatively little change when it designed the Pro 2. Both devices come with:

  • Hi-Res certified viewer with USB-C analog signal.
  • Hi-Res certified headphones that are removable if necessary.
  • High impedance headphone compatibility, making these devices more likely to be compatible with your gaming headsets (if you can fit them to the viewfinder).

Using the Vive Wireless Adapter

If you’ve been using the wireless adapter on the Vive Pro or are interested in the wireless experience, you might be wondering how it works on the Vive Pro 2.

The current model of the Vive wireless adapter will work with the Vive Pro 2, but with limited capabilities, so you won’t be able to get all the improved specs on the new model. The adapter will limit you to a resolution of 1,224 x 1,224 per eye on the Pro 2 and a refresh rate of 90Hz, which is even lower than the specifications of the Vive Pro wired adapter. Vive has reported that it is working on an update to the Wireless firmware to achieve a resolution of 1,632 x 1,632, although no date has been mentioned for a new adaptive release or firmware update.

If you are interested in the Vive wireless adapter, it may perform well, but it requires significant processing power to avoid degradation problems. We suggest you use an Intel Core i7 / i9 processor or an AMD Ryzen 7/9.

Performance and requirements

As we mentioned, HTC has left the PC requirements for the Vive Pro 2 pretty much the same, with just a few minor changes. Here are all the details about what you need:

Processor: Intel Core i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 1500 or higher.

Graphics: The basic GPU recommendation is the Nvidia GeForce GTZ 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480. However, HTC makes a distinction here: if you want to use Full Resolution mode to get the highest possible resolution for the games it supports, you will need at least a GeForce RTX 20 Series or an AMD Radeon 5000, which include this support.

Memory: 8 GB RAM or more.

Video output– Both models require at least a DisplayPort 1.2. But HTC advises those interested in Full Resolition mode to ensure that they are using at least a DisplayPort 1.4.

USB ports: USB-C 3.0 or newer.

Operating system: Windows 10.

Prices

The real price question concerns the Vive Pro 2: nominally, the manufacturer’s suggested retail price is $ 200 higher than the Pro at $ 799 and is available on pre-order right now. If you want to upgrade your current Pro model, you will have to pay significantly more.

The original Vive Pro visor is currently treated as a limited edition model that will no longer be manufactured, so instead of the suggested price of $ 599, you can now find it priced between $ 700 and $ 1,200, depending on the supplier; not exactly a viable alternative for those looking for a new HTC headset.

Conclusion: the Vive Pro 2 is a superior viewer, but expensive

The Pro 2 got a big improvement when it comes to performance: the resolution, the refresh rate and the field of view received significant updates that benefit from the latest VR games, especially if you have the required specifications. If this is your first VR headset, or you are migrating to HTC from a different brand, we recommend that you choose the Vive Pro 2.

If you have the previous Vive Pro and are wondering about an update, the decision is difficult. Paying around $ 700 for a viewer, plus accessories, can be a lot to ask for an upgrade that has better display specs, but doesn’t change the design or audio quality. In the end, it all comes down to what is most important to you and your budget.

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