HTC Vive Review 16

HTC has launched pre-orders for an HTC Vive add-on which will transform the device into a wireless product. The 1,499 RMB (~$220) accessory will unshackle the Vive headset from the PC system it would previously be tethered to.

The product was developed not by HTC but by TPCAST: one of startups which joined HTC’s Vive X program when it launched a few months ago. The device will last for around 90 minutes on a single charge of its battery, but a larger battery, which must sit in the users pocket, is also expected to arrive at a later date.

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Alvin Wang Graylin, China Regional President of Vive at HTC told UploadVR that there’s no functional difference when using the new add-on, but that the overall experience would “greatly improve”.

Check out how it looks in the video below:

The accessory will go up for pre-order on HTC’s Chinese Vive website today at 10 AM EST, but the company currently has no plans to release the device outside of China.

What are your thoughts on the new accessory? Is $220 too much to pay to turn the Vive wireless? Let us know in the comments.

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