Many virtual reality (VR) users are quite interested in the Intel-powered WiGig transmitter which was unveiled by HTC Vive easier this year. Though a release date for the device nor price has been confirmed, the full set-up manual has now appeared on the HTC website.
The UK-facing portion of the HTC website has been confirmed to contain the full set-up manual for the HTC Vive Wireless Adapter, detailing the complete process for installing the device, suggesting to many analysts that a launch is imminent.
The manual was discovered by a Reddit user, who quickly spread the news. The page contains a detailed breakdown for each stage in the process, along with pictures and descriptions.
The HTC Vive Wireless Transmitter is quite likely to be bundled with a PCI-e WiGig expansion card that will need to be installed in a desktop PC prior to use. Bad news for laptop users, but at least the card appears to be small enough to fit in even small form-factor cases.
After installing the WiGig card, users will then need to plug in the wireless link box and clip it to the monitor, similar to how many users have their webcams situated.
From there, individual instructions are provided for each iteration of HTC Vive. The installation is subtly different depending on if a user is working with or without the Deluxe Audio Strap, or if they are lucky enough to be using the HTC Vive Pro.
The two versions of the original HTC Vive are relatively straight forward, only requiring some adjusting of velcro and shorter cables. The HTC Vive Pro, however, is a little more complicated, as the HTC Vive Pro doesn’t have the required connectors for the Vive Wireless Adapter, so users will need to purchase an additional attachment kit.
Curiously, the HTC website says that users should only use the HTC QC 3.0 Power Bank to power their wireless experience, though why the $80 power bank is required over other similar, cheaper devices is unknown at this point.
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