Valve and Quark VR Are Working On A Wireless Version of the HTC Vive
Could the gap between mobile and PC headsets be bridged by this prototype?
There’s no doubting that PC virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD) are the more powerful when it comes to comparing platforms, but one of the downsides that developers and users have to work their way around is the fact that it is tethered, and with HMDs like the HTC Vive which require room scale movement it can be a real pain. However, this could soon become a thing of the past as Valve is working with Quark VR on developing a wireless version of the HTC Vive.
In Quark VR‘s latest newsletter, it is said that it is working with Valve on this wireless version of the HTC Vive, and a prototype will be ready for Autumn. For those who aren’t familiar with Quark VR, it is a software development kit (SDK) that translates VR projects between any tethered or untethered HMD, and appears to be a branch-off from the Bulgarian company Intugames.
In the way that Quark VR, or Intugame, can project VR images between both tethered and untethered HMDs, the HTC Vive will use this technology to enable it to not require any wires. Essentially, it will be video streaming, but it won’t take away from any VR features or visuals.
There are no further details on how this wireless HTC Vive will be powered, if it will then adopt a mobile-like device, or what Valve is even saying, but VRFocus will keep you up to date on the latest developments as the prototype will be coming out soon enough with its deadline of Autumn nearing ever so quickly. We have also reached out to Quark VR for further information.
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