Innovación: HTC Vive VR Headset Gets $220 Wireless Upgrade


The HTC Vive is a joint development between HTC and Valve to provide a «room scale» virtual reality experience for use with SteamVR. However, until now that room scale experience has required a cable connecting the Vive headset to a PC for power and data. TPCast, a company working internally at HTC as part of the Vive X Accelerator program, has now removed the need for that cable by developing a tether-less upgrade kit.

TPCast’s kit replaces the wired connection with a wireless link and adds a battery pack to the headset for power. According to UploadVR, the kit does not introduce additional latency to the system while also «greatly improving» the virtual reality experience. The HTC Vive$799.99 at Amazon was already set up to be used and tracked in a room, only now that can be done without fear of tripping on a cable. It also makes multiple Vive wearers in the same room a much more viable proposition.


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HTC released footage of the Vive with TPCast upgrade kit fitted being used. You’ll notice there is no physical link between the Vive headset and the PC on the right running the VR game.

Autor: Matthew Humphries


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