HTC confirms price and launch date for Vive Wireless Adapter

Joanna Estrada
August 21, 2018

One advantage of low and mid-range virtual reality headsets like the Gear VR or the Oculus Go is they're wireless, relying on phones or onboard hardware for their power.

HTC has always been talking about cutting the cord on the HTC Vive.

The beginning of the year and CES 2018 may be a distant memory for some but that was when and where HTC showed off a wireless adapter for its Vive and Vive Pro VR headsets. The adapter is compatible with both the VIVE and the VIVE Pro, but in the case of the latter, you'll need to buy an extra compatibility pack that includes a special cable, a different attachment mechanism, and extra foam padding.

To set up the Vive Wireless Adapter, users only need a few minutes to set it up as they install a PCI-e card and attach a sensor that wil broadcast the signal to and from the newly wireless Vive HMDs.

Once installation is complete, users can move up to six meters away from the sensor device, with a 150-degree field of view. It also runs in the interference-free 60Ghz band using Intel's WiGig specification in combination with DisplayLink's XR codec. Battery life isn't cited - the devices uses HTC's QC PowerBank, but HTC's blurb puts it at "hours".

All Vive Wireless Adapter purchases will also include a two-month trial subscription to Viveport - HTC Vive's official app store.

The adapter - which comes out September 24 - works with Vive and Vive Pro virtual reality headsets, but the latter will require a compatibility pack that costs an additional $60, the company says in its blog. We'll keep an ear to the ground for more, but in the meantime, head down to the comments section and tell us what you think about the VIVE Wireless Adapter. "We've listened to this feedback and are proud to collaborate with our talented partners, Intel and DisplayLink to deliver the Vive Wireless Adapter".

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