HTC China partnered with TPCAST to announce a HTC’s Vive VR Upgrade Kit. It replaces the wired tether with a wireless transmission system. HTC opened up pre orders for a neat upgraded kit to make the HTC Vive wireless.
“From the largest amusement centers to arcade installation at a family entertainment location, virtual reality is clearly becoming the next big draw for entertainment.” Said Rikard Steiber, the president of Viveport. He also said, “We believe this will be a cornerstone in democratizing access to high- end virtual reality and turning curious consumers into long time fans.”
TPCAST’s tether less upgrade kit for the HTC Vive simply clips on to the VR headset wirelessly connected to a PC, enabling users to play Vive games without having to keep the headset tethered to the PC via a cable. The Vive operates at 90Hz, which translates to 13ms of motion to photon latency.
The kit comes with a wireless transmitter box that replace the Vive’s link box and wireless receiver. Which attaches to the upper strap of the HTC Vive headset. The TPCAST wireless system transmits the HDMI and USB signal to the headset, which is powered by a rechargeable battery pack that hangs on the back of the head strap. It offers a larger battery that can give you about an hour and a half of play. HTC stated that it plans to work on a longer lasting battery soon.
TPCAST, a startup inside HTC’s Vive X accelerator program, has created a clip on device that essentially upgrades the Vive into a wireless headset.
HTC’s Vive VR Upgrade Kit Price
HTC’s Vive VR Upgrade Kit Availability
HTC’s Vive VR Upgrade Kit went up for pre orders through HTC Vive’s Chinese website, and it’s also available for users worldwide as well. TPCAST didn’t give a specific launch date, but the rumors suggested that it will start shipping on next year.