DisplayLink has revealed the company’s input into the recently announced Vive Wireless Adapter. Building on the success of the DisplayLink Wireless VR prototype revealed a year ago, the company subsequently partnered with Intel Corporation to develop the latter’s WiGig technology into a wireless virtual reality (VR) adapter. Now, that adapter has been redesigned under a subsequent Vive and Intel partnership, and is set to launch later this year as the Vive Wireless Adapter.
The HTC Vive Wireless Adaptor uses the DisplayLink XR codec and Intel’s 802.11ad WiGig products to eliminate the cable which connects the head-mounted display (HMD) to a PC, thus creating an unhindered VR environment. Connectivity runs over the 60GHz frequency band, eliminating concerns of interference with existing Wi-Fi networks, while the DisplayLink XR codec ensures high fidelity graphics even as bandwidths dynamically change.
“Wireless VR is a top feature request for Vive owners and intenders today, and it demands the highest level of performance,” said Daniel O’Brian, GM US, HTC Vive. “The promise of VR is met when users can run, jump, duck and dive in a fully immersive, cable-free environment. We’ve brought the best partners together in DisplayLink and Intel to make wireless VR an impressive option for customers this year.”
“We’re stoked to release the first wireless VR solution with Vive,” said John Cummins, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at DisplayLink. “From our first public demonstrations last year, users were in awe of the experience and eager to see a product come to market.”
The Vive Wireless Adaptor enables VR users to easily convert an existing HTC Vive headset and the upcoming Vive Pro into a wireless solution simply by replacing the existing cable to the headset with the HTC Vive Wireless Adaptor and adding a wireless card into the PC.
VRFocus has been following the progress of DisplayLink’s work in the field of wireless VR for some time, speaking with the company at Mobile World Congress (MWC), Barcelona, last year and subsequently at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June 2017. Now the product is consumer ready, and will ship as the Vive Wireless Adapter later this year. VRFocus will continue to keep you updated with all the latest details on the Wireless Vive Adapter