So while many people opted to spend that extra buck on the TPCAST to make their Vive headsets wireless, it is an add-on developed by a third party. That being said, TPCAST did get help from HTC under their Vive X initiative to develop their wireless solution, and then the company later released a version of the product for the Oculus Rift as well. However, there seems to be a big scramble in the wireless race with many new wireless PC VR tech being shown off at CES this year. Including HTC who decided that they’re going to create their own wireless solution with blackjack and hookers. I’m kidding but you get the point.
So HTC is promising that their new wireless solution will beat out all the others in the low-latency HD video streaming race. The HTC Vive Wireless Adapter uses Intel’s WiGig technology, which is no surprise since the two companies did reveal they were working together last year.
“Wireless VR has been on nearly every VR user’s wishlist since the technology was unveiled,” said General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation, Frank Soqui. “By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel’s WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers.”
The Vive Wireless Adapter operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band and will start shipping worldwide in Q3 this year. This adapter will also support the newly announced Vive Pro which was also announced at CES 2018.