HTC Vive is now wireless, sort of
Today, HTC started to take preorders for its wireless kit that simply makes the HTC Vive wireless. This clip-on accessory is actually created by a startup, TPCast, which a part of HTC’s Vive X accelerator. So far, HTC is only taking orders from its Chinese website.
Accoring to HTC Vive’s chief in China, Alvin W. Graylin, there is no difference at all in latency when HTC Vive is used with TPCast wireless kit. If so, it would be a great step in the VR world where you have to deal with many cables when playing a game. Wireless VR headsets are especially needed when you consider how many people stumble and fall thanks to those cables.
The biggest concern, however, is the battery life. The device itself is not big at all, so the battery inside the TPCast can only provide a gameplay of about an hour and a half. Graylin also says that in order to overcome this concern, they will make a new battery designed to be placed in users’s pockets. Nevertheless, it sounds like the battery will be a huge issue even with the pocket batteries.
If you have a Vive VR, you can order this kit from HTC Vive’s China website for 1,499 yuan ( about $220 ), and it will be shipped in the first quarter of next year. Even though HTC said nothing about international availability, you can simply go to its Chinese site and pay for the shipping.
Graylin additionally indicates that Vive may be integrated with wireless support in a near future depending on “how well TPCast’s technology works in practice”.
Via | TheVerge