Thursday, 18 July, 2019


HTC confirms price and launch date for Vive Wireless Adapter

HTC confirms price and launch date for Vive Wireless Adapter HTC confirms price and launch date for Vive Wireless Adapter
Melba Vasquez | 23 August, 2018, 21:28

The adapter frees VR users from the tether back to their PC, while maintaining the performance requirements for premium VR on both the HTC Vive and Vive Pro.

The new adapter works with the original Vive base headset as-well as the new Vive Pro. With a retail price of $299, it's a significant cost on top of the existing price of a Vive or Vive Pro headset, now priced at $499 and $799 respectively on the Vive website.

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.

Customers can pre-order the product on September 5 and it will be available to buy on September 24. While not the first wireless adapter on the market, that honor goes to TPCast.

"I congratulate HTC and we are excited to see a flagship device and new user experience enabled by Gigabit, low-latency wireless", said Dr. Cormac S.G. Conroy, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Intel Communication and Devices Group.

"Since the first demos of Vive, we've known that to deliver on the best of premium VR, we wanted it to be wireless", said Daniel O'Brien, GM Americas, HTC Vive. "Thanks to Intel and DisplayLink for helping to make this vision a reality". Firstly, the wireless range (which uses Intel's WiGig specification) is limited to 6 metres from your PC with a 150-degree field of view from the sensor.

The adapter is powered by HTC's QC 3.0 Powerbank, a portable USB Type-C battery pack that can also be used to recharge mobile devices. There's no word on an actual release date just yet, but it's worth pointing out that anyone who purchases a VIVE Wireless Adapter will get two months trial subscription to Viveport. One battery will be included with the adapter with additional batteries sold separately.

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