The Vive Pro 2 Is the Best VR Experience You Can Buy, but It’ll Cost You

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The Vive Pro 2 Is the Best VR Experience You Can Buy, but It’ll Cost You
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Five years after the release of the original Vive and Oculus Rift, HTC and Oculus/Facebook have diverged when it comes to their VR headset offerings. In one camp, the Oculus Quest 2 is an affordable standalone VR headset that’s super simple to set up and use. HTC is in the other camp, with a PC-based headset for high-end VR enthusiasts. Even though the Vive Pro 2‘s starting price of $800 (headset only) is more than double the price of the Quest 2, it’s also a key component when it comes to creating possibly the best at-home VR experience you can get right now. But is it really worth all that cash?

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Same Look, but Huge Upgrade

The Vive Pro 2 features a nearly identical design as the original Vive Pro, though HTC has made a handful of important tweaks. Not only has the company refreshed the headband strap to make it a bit more comfortable, HTC has also tweaked the headset to provide a 50-50 weight balance, which makes the Vive Pro 2 noticeably more pleasant to wear during long VR sessions. Another bonus of the Vive Pro 2’s updated design is that it’s also a bit easier to tilt the goggles up, so you can quickly see what’s going on in meatspace.