HTC Vive Wireless Adapter will cost $300, launch in September

Gerald Bowen
August 22, 2018

While standalone VR headsets like the HTC Vive Focus remove this problem, they lack the computational grunt to match the quality of their tethered brethren, and other solutions - including powerful gaming PCs worn as a backpack - are clumsy at best.

HTC has always been talking about cutting the cord on the HTC Vive. Vive Pro owners, however, will need to purchase an additional compatibility pack, which comes with a unique connection cable and attachment device, alongside a pad cushion. It also runs in the interference-free 60Ghz band using Intel's WiGig specification in combination with DisplayLink's XR codec.

To set up the Vive Wireless Adapter, users only need a few minutes to set it up as they install a PCI-e card and attach a sensor that wil broadcast the signal to and from the newly wireless Vive HMDs.

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With a retail price of $299, it's a significant cost on top of the existing price of a Vive or Vive Pro headset, now priced at $499 and $799 respectively on the Vive website.

How long, exactly, the adapter's battery will last is unknown, but since it's built around an HTC QC 3.0 PowerBank, you can use the adapter as a portable battery for your phone in a pinch. We've brought the engineering expertise together to deliver a truly first of its kind wireless VR experience.

This is really great news but there are two drawbacks. Thanks to Intel and DisplayLink for helping to make this vision a reality. We'll keep an ear to the ground for more, but in the meantime, head down to the comments section and tell us what you think about the VIVE Wireless Adapter. With that said, the Wireless Adapter might be a good item to pick up at a discount, or for someone who wants wireless VR without concern for price. The company is finally gearing up to ship the Vive Wireless Adapter at the end of next month.

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