HTC’s Vive Pro Eye is the perfect blend of price, features, and build quality for enterprise VR solutions.
Here at Bit Space we work with a wide range of hardware devices with price ranges from the low hundreds and well into the thousands. We know first-hand that not every headset is created equal and after years of experience, to us the choice is clear: If you’re looking for a premium device with the best set of features and creature comforts, there’s no better VR headset for businesses in 2020 than HTC’s Vive Pro Eye.
HTC first entered the virtual reality hardware market in May 2016 with the launch of the HTC Vive VR headset, which introduced the world to room-scale VR. In early 2018, the company upped the ante with the highly improved Vive Pro headset.
Last year, HTC upped the ante again with the release of the Vive Pro Eye, an upgraded version of the Vive Pro, which includes embedded eye tracking cameras from Tobbii.
The Vive Pro Eye offers several distinct advantages over the original Vive and other first-generation VR headsets. The screens in the Vive Pro headsets boast a higher resolution display than the original model, which produces much clearer image quality.
The Vive Pro Eye can optionally take image quality one step further than the standard Vive Pro by incorporating foveated rendering to further hone the image resolution. Foveated Rendering takes advantage of the Tobii pupil tracking sensors to render your primary focal point at a higher rate.
The Vive Pro Eye also includes a mechanical head strap that is easy to adjust and a pair of built-in headphones, so you don’t have to fumble with another gadget on your head. The original Vive headset has an optional upgrade to add mechanical adjustment and headphones, but the Vive Pro’s mechanism is far superior in quality and comes pre-installed from the factory.
The Vive Pro is equipped with Valve’s SteamVR Tracking 2.0 technology, enabling large tracking spaces that can accommodate multiple users at once.
Although the software that Bit Space creates doesn’t often take advantage of larger tracked areas we prefer to keep as many options open for our clients as possible. The Vive Pro Eye allows us to reuse the same hardware for future projects without worrying about technology limitations.
SteamVR Tracking is also compatible with other accessories like the Vive Trackers that we can use to create custom peripherals for specialized use cases, such as the controller we built for our Aerial Work Platform simulator.
The HTC Vive Pro Eye is our favourite VR headset, but that doesn’t mean that it’s free of disadvantages. There are a few drawbacks to the Vive Pro that prevent us from recommending it to all of our clients. There is no one-size-fits-all solution in the VR market–especially at the enterprise level.
The Vive Pro Eye is not a cheap device. HTC discontinued the original Vive and the standard Vive Pro headsets, which leaves the Vive Pro Eye as HTC’s only offering for business use.
The basic Vive Pro Eye package starts at north of $2200 but accessories can drive the price well into the $4000 range. Our sales team can facilitate that acquisition of hardware and roll the purchase into a custom software development package to help make the process as smooth as possible.
The high resolution in the Vive Pro Eye necessitates higher graphics performance to operate efficiently than some of the other VR headsets on the market. As a result, you must ensure that the PC that you use to power the headset can provide ample performance.
Bit Space has a standard PC configuration that we recommend, which includes a high-end AMD Ryzen 7 processor and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card. With this combination, you’re guaranteed to have excellent rendering performance.