One of the biggest problems with PC-based VR headsets like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive is that they need to be connected to desktops or notebooks with cables in order to work. Today, it was revealed that HTC will release a version of the Vive that will ditch those cumbersome cables in favor of wireless connections, but we will have to wait a while before it goes on sale.
Intel made that announcement as part of its keynote address at the Computex trade show in Taiwan. PCWorld reports that Intel demoed a prototype of the wireless HTC Vive on stage during the keynote, which showed an add-on that was worn on top of the head. Intel said the prototype connected to a PC with a wireless gigabit (WiGig) link. It added that the headset used the DisplayLink XR codec that offers low latency over that wireless link.
Other than that, the event did not offer any more details on the upcoming wireless HTC Vive, other than the fact that it won’t go on sale until sometime in early 2018. There was no word on a price for the wireless Vive, but we would expect that it might cost as much, if not more, than the current $799 price tag of the wired Vive.
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