The first V was a great device, and with the V Pen it lends itself for note-taking and art. But there’s always room for improvement, and we’ve heard plenty of feedback from the community, through support, and from surveys, telling us exactly what we need to improve to make our pen and touch experience really shine!
We want to improve the touch experience. That includes reducing ghost touches (where the device registers touch when there is none) and improving palm rejection (the device not responding to your palm when you use the pen).
But it also means we will try to increase precision and user comfort with the pen. A greater hover height means the screen registers the pen’s presence earlier, giving you a better indication of where your cursor will land and reminding palm rejection to kick in. Lower latency, less jitter and higher accuracy at the edges of the screen, mean that you put down lines exactly where you want them. And tilt support allows artists to go wild with digital brushes that simulate real ones more closely.
Of course, all these improvements require some updates to the hardware, and that’s where Wacom comes in. Wacom has been around since 1983, and specializes in pen input technology. For years they have been the market leader in the field of digital artist pen tablets, and the gold standard by which other companies are measured.
We intend to use their Active Electrostatic (AES) 2.0 technology for our new V, using a Wacom-made touch controller chip. This means we get optimal performance, tuning, and support, from the world’s leading experts in pen input. This may also allow us to use Wacom’s software utilities to tune things like the pen pressure curve or button assignments, another oft-heard request.
This technology is different from the N-trig pen solution we used in the original V, and that means the existing V Pen or Surface pens will not work with our new device. There are, however, a great number of AES-compatible pens out there, both from Wacom and from third parties. So even if our new V Pen isn’t exactly what you were looking for, you can find one with a different size, shape or weight to suit your needs. Because the new pen can support multiple pen protocols, the new V Pen should work with the old V.
Ideally, we would keep backwards compatibility whenever possible. But in this case, we feel that the improvements to accuracy, reliability, and the overall user experience, outweigh being able to use an old pen on a new tablet.
We’ve already seen many images and videos from artists who used the V as their virtual canvas. By teaming up with Wacom to bring an even better pen and touch experience to the second-generation V, we hope to see even more amazing art!