HTC Shows Vive Pro Minimum and Recommended Specs
HTC updated its recommended specs for the HTC Vive Pro headset, which now requires a more powerful and expensive GTX 1070 GPU and not the previous GTX 1060.
HTC Reveals GTX 1060 as Minimum Specs for the Vive Pro
HTC recently introduced the Vive Pro and VR fans are already making pre-orders to put their hands into the latest device in Virtual Reality hardware but the company, that previously suggested the GTX 1060 as the recommended GPU, now suggests the more powerful and expensive GTX 1070.
The HTC Vive Pro features a screen with 78% more pixels than the previous iteration of the Vive, 1440×1600 vs 1080×1200 to be precise. So this may explain the new hardware requirements because the new headset will have to do some extra work to draw all the extra pixels at 90 FPS.
HTC Vive Pro’s official page initially listed the GTX 1060 as the recommended GPU for the Vive Pro, but after updating the page the site now lists the GTX 1060 as the Minimum and the GTX 1070 as the recommended. The company told the media that the change was “based on NVIDIA’S testing.” Other requirements that changed are the USB 3.0 port (from 2.0) and the DisplayPort 1.2 or newer.
Also, the HTC Vive Pro now lists Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 as the recommended operative system instead of the Windows 7. But it doesn’t explain if the Vive Pro won’t work with Windows 7 or if it’s just not recommended.
The change of recommended specs from the GTX 1060 to the GTX 1070 isn’t a small change at all. The price difference is considerably high since the 1070’s price almost doubles the 1060’s. While a good portion of Virtual Reality fans is less price-sensitive than the average consumer, this change will make high-end VR headsets even less affordable than before.
Source: HTC Vive