Many people have been impatiently awaiting the official launch of the TPCast wireless solution for the HTC Vive since it was officially announced at the end of 2016. A tweet my a European retailer seems to have given away the launch date for the device the in the European region.
A tweet posted by German website Vrodo.de and subsequently retweeted by HTC Vive reporter SweViver showed a release date of 1st September for Europe. Translation of the original tweet indicates this would be the date that pre-orders would open, however.
There has yet to be a confirmation from TPCast themselves, or from HTC Vive, but the information falls in line with previous information from HTC that rollout of the devices would begin in Europe in late Q2 of 2017.
Previous information also indicated that the rollout of the TPCast devices would begin in China before continuing to other countries and regions. Since TPCast is a Chinese company, and HTC is based in Taiwan, this appears to make business sense. Indeed, the device is already available for Chinese consumers.
TPCast were originally part of HTC Vive’s X Accelerator where they developed the wireless solution for the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) platform. Since one of the current criticisms for high-end VR devices is the restrictions imposed by the cables, this attracted immediate interest from consumers and businesses alike. There is even a competing device which is also close to a final version in the DisplayLink.
There is still no word on when the TPCast is expected to launch in the US.
VRFocus will bring you further news on the TPCast as it becomes available.
Update: This article mistakenly referenced Vrodo.de as a retailer, not a media site. VRFocus apologises for this error.