HTC made a number of Vive VR announcements last week at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, including add-on accessories like the Deluxe Audio Strap and the Vive Tracker. However, a smaller, but perhaps more important, reveal was that the company is teaming up with Intel to launch some kind of WiGig wireless solution for the Vive.
While there are some third-party wireless solutions already available for the Vive, their data transfer rates create a lot of lag between the headset and the host PC. Putting in a WiGig-based hardware in a VR headset could be a very big deal, as it might allow data connections between the headset and the PC to happen with little to no lag time for games and apps.
UploadVR stated they spoke with an anonymous source from Intel during CES 2017, and asked if this Vive WiGig solution with HTC would be an add-on accessory for the current headset, or one that would be embedded in a future version of the hardware. The source reportedly stated, “We’re working with them. That’s really all I can say at this time but stay tuned for further updates.”
Intel is already working on its own wireless mixed reality headset, called Project Alloy. During CES 2017, it claimed that the first OEM hardware partners will release headsets based on Alloy sometime in the fourth quarter of 2017.