A company called Scalable Graphics wants to give owners of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets freedom from being tied to a PC. It will show off its solution, KwikVR, this week at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The main part of its product is a one-pound box that is worn around the hip and connects to the Vive or Rift headset. The product also comes with a HDMI dongle that connects to your PC’s graphics card, and a WiFi dongle that connects to your router.
The final result is that you should be able to play VR games without having to deal with a long cord connecting the headset to the PC. Scalable Graphics claims the KwikVR box will have a battery life of up to four hours and that its latency is under 12 milliseconds. So far, the company has not announced a price point or a release date for KwikVR.
This is not the first such wireless accessory for a VR headset. HTC is now selling a similar product for its Vive device that was created by TPCAST. However, it’s currently only available in China and is priced at $220. HTC has not indicated plans to offer this product in other markets.