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HTC Vive Pre is HTC's newest evolution of its Vive virtual reality hardware, and it's being shown here in Las Vegas at CES 2016. A lighter headset, seen here, has new adjustments for facial comfort.

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The padded facial "gaskets" can be changed, and the eye distance adjusted.

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Inside, improved display technology makes everything seem more vivid and less murky.

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Just like previous versions of Vive, sensors around the eyewear engage in positional tracking with room-mounted laser-equipped light boxes.

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The Vive Pre is still tethered -- it has to connect to a computer with enough graphics horsepower to run VR.

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New wireless controllers have full motion tracking, 4 hours of rechargeable battery life, and dual-action rear triggers.

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The Vive's coolest new trick: a camera mounted on the headset that sees the room around you, and shows you everything when you get too close to a wall.

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Trying out room-sensing via a guided "chaperone mode" that shows everything around me in glowing detail. I find my chair.

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HTC Vive arrives in April, for an unspecified price. It comes with the headset, two controllers, and two room sensors.

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Trying a virtual office experience via Job Simulator.

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HTC Vive Pre is better than nearly any other VR experience, but will that mean it'll succeed? We don't yet know.

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My living room's a lot more cluttered than this: that's Vive's biggest challenge.

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