Starting from today, HTC Vive and HTC Vive Pro owners in the USA have the chance to free themselves from the tyranny of the tether by purchasing the newly launched Vive Wireless Adapter. The wireless era of VR has been long in coming, and many users have high hopes for how the untethered experience will improve things for VR users.
Customers can now visit the Vive.com website or other selected retailers who also sell the HTC Vive in order to buy the newly available adapter.
The Vive Wireless Adapter retails at $299 (USD), with the compatibility for the HTC Vive Pro can be bought for an additional $60. Each purchase of a Vive Wireless Adapter comes with two months of Viveport subscription, letting users access over 500 VR videogames, apps and experiences.
The system can support up to three VR units in a single room-scale environment, with a maximum play area of 6m x 6m (20ft x 20ft), using the 60GHz band to reduce the amount of interference. The adapter uses the DisplayLink X codec standard along with Intel WiGig specification for low latency and good performance.
Users will need a Desktop PC with a space PCI-e slot, however, as the system needs a PCI-e card to be installed, which pairs with a sensor to broadcast the signal to and from the wireless HTC Vive head-mounted display (HMD).
HTC Vive have touted the easy installation process and the long battery life of the Vive Wireless Adapter, promising the users will be able to get many hours of high-quality wireless VR gameplay from the adapter, as it allows them to comfortably bob and weave in Knockout League, or slice those notes in Beat Saber, without worrying bot being tangled in cables.
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