HTC surprises everyone with the launch of a kit that turns the Vive into a completely wireless device with which we can enjoy 90 minutes of complete autonomy without cables involved.
About two months ago we were already talking about a wireless prototype of the Vive, the result of a collaboration with the company Quark VR. However, it has been the company TPCast that has manufactured this official kit, which can be pre-purchased from today, for the moment only on the Chinese HTC website, for a price of 1,499 yuan (about 200 euros to change). The standard battery, located on the back of the viewfinder, will allow you to enjoy the Vive without cables for approximately 1 hour and a half, although it is planned to market a long-lasting battery that we would have to carry hanging from the belt or in a pocket, being larger.
HTC Vive wireless kit in operation, UploadVR video.
This kit will start shipping in 2017 in limited quantities, and according to Alvin W. Graylin, President of Vive for the China region, the user will not perceive an increase in latency and will notice a huge improvement in the experience, we understand that it refers to the absence of the cable. At the moment it is not known if they will use any video compression technique, since transmitting video at 90 Hz with very low latency at a resolution of 2160×1200 is not turkey mucus. As for the time of use, 90 minutes may seem little at first glance, however, if the load is done in a reasonable time, it may be more than enough to take a little break, since the room scale is always more physically demanding than the game sitting. We will see how the matter evolves in the coming weeks and, above all, if the device can be purchased outside of China.