Manufactured in collaboration with Valve (just like the first Vive), the Vive Pre comes with a refreshed design, being smaller, and having an updated strap system for greater comfort, and improved stability. The headset also features an enhanced visual system, including brighter displays for increased clarity. Thanks to interchangeable foam inserts and nose gaskets, the Vive Pre suits a large variety of facial shapes, and is compatible with eyeglasses.
HTC also improved the Vive’s controllers, which now offer better ergonomics, enhanced grip pads, haptic feedback, and integrated rechargeable batteries - a single charge via microUSB can provide more than 4 hours of runtime.
Another novelty that the Vive Pre is bringing is a front-facing camera that's there to blend physical elements into virtual worlds: you won't have to remove the headset to find real objects, take a seat, or simply carry out conversations.
HTC and Valve are planning to make the Vive Pre commercially available starting April this year, for a price that hasn't been unveiled. The capabilities of Vive Pre are being demonstrated this week at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and we're there to check them out. Stay tuned for more!