1. VirtuaTyKing's Avatar


    Oculus may be closing out 2016 with a bang with the launch of its Touch controllers, but HTC is going to kick off 2017 with something special: a peripheral that makes its Vive headset wireless.

    HTC today announced a tether-less VR upgrade kit for its SteamVR device, made by TPCAST, one of the first of 33 companies to join the Vive X Accelerator. A preview version of the kit was shown off today at Alibabas 11/11 global shopping festival in Shenzhen, China. This is not the wireless prototype device in the works at Quark VR.

    Below we have exclusive footage of the upgrade kit being sampled by Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive at HTC. There are no wires connecting the headset to the PC behind the monitor.



    Speaking to UploadVR in a phone interview, Graylin said that the experience would greatly improve the overall Vive experience, with no noticeable difference for factors like latency. The product will be available to pre-order with a standard battery, though Graylin said that a bigger battery will be sold eventually. Were told the standard battery can deliver around one and a half hours of power. The bigger battery would rest in a users pocket.

    HTC expects the device to be adopted by avid Vive users, though it could also be useful for businesses. Arcades, an area that the company is placing a big emphasis on of late, could have multiple Vive units without worrying about tangled wires and fewer tripping hazards, for example.



    The upgrade kit will be available to pre-order on Vives Chinese website in limited quantity for 1,499 RMB ($220.33). The kit is said to ship starting in Q1 2017. According to HTC, pre-orders go live at 7 a.m. Pacific on Friday. Graylin said anyone could order the unit from there and pay for shipping. According to HTC, in a press release, Order fulfillment will be prioritized to existing customers who can provide a valid Vive serial number.

    Graylin said plans for local releases havent been discussed and he wouldnt confirm if the tech could be integrated into future versions of the Vive, though he does imagine technologies like this will become an option for future products.

    Wireless PC-based VR is the third type of tether-less VR headset to emerge in the VR industry, the others being devices that use mobile phones and entirely standalone systems. The latter category is quickly gaining interest, with major players like Oculus recently showcasing their own solutions. Products like this upgrade kit might hit a nice sweet spot, allowing people to immerse themselves in complex virtual worlds with hand controls and full freedom of movement throughout a room.

    Source: HTC Vive Goes Wireless With $220 Add-On You Can Pre-Order Friday

    I wasn't expecting this so soon!
    11-11-2016 05:15 AM
  2. krisguy's Avatar
    Various sources online are already saying that it is OOS already. I'm cool with the cords for a bit longer, until the battery life is doubled. I don't mind wearing a batter pack as a fanny pack for this.
    VirtuaTyKing likes this.
    11-11-2016 01:18 PM
  3. VirtuaTyKing's Avatar
    Various sources online are already saying that it is OOS already. I'm cool with the cords for a bit longer, until the battery life is doubled. I don't mind wearing a batter pack as a fanny pack for this.
    It's a bit pricey, I suppose understandably. I might consider saving for it and keeping a look out for reviews but I'm not going to pay a premium to get it imported.
    11-12-2016 03:36 PM

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