Just the other day HTC started to take pre-orders for its HTC Vive Pro virtual reality (VR) headset. The device was announced earlier this year and now it is finally available for pre-order. However it seems that in addition to taking pre-orders for the headset, HTC has also quietly introduced an upgraded Vive Tracker.
For those unfamiliar, the HTC Vive Tracker is an accessory for the HTC Vive that lets users track objects in VR. This resulted in companies creating peripherals and accessories that work for it, such as the Hyperkin Hyperblaster, or HTC’s own Racket Sports Pack. It can also be used to track the user’s body.
Like we said HTC did not make any kind of splashy announcement regarding the upgraded tracker, but when asked if the version that is being sold on HTC’s website is version 2.0, HTC Vive product manager Shen Ye answered in the affirmative. Unfortunately details about the upgraded version are unclear, but it is expected that it will support SteamVR Tracking 2.0 which will allow it to track objects in larger spaces, thus allowing developers to create larger play areas for VR.
@shen Are the trackers now available on the website the 2.0 version ?
— Ruuubick (@Ruuubick_) March 20, 2018
Other than that it seems to be more or less the same as before where it will feature a 4.5 hour battery life when untethered and will communicate via 2.4GHz wireless. If you’re looking to take advantage of these changes, you can head on over to HTC’s website to get your hands on them.