We all love the HTC Vive, but there are a couple of things that make the beefy headset a bit less than ideal.
One of the biggest complaints put forth by the community thus far has been the array of cables needed to power the device which stem from HMD. Though the extensive length of these cables adds flexibility in terms of movement, it also leaves users tangled and tripping during interactive activities. These cables are also relatively bulky and heavy, and there have been many cries asking for something a bit more lightweight. Fortunately, HTC and Valve may have heard these complaints, and a new report suggests that they have figured out a way to circumvent the cables all together.
A new statement from Quark VR suggests that the companies are partnering to show off a wireless HTC Vive prototype this fall. Quark VR’s technology reportedly uses Wi-Fi to transfer the graphics data, which might initially sound crazy, but Quark says they have found a solution.
Getting the experience to feel seamless through Wi-Fi, keeping in mind the inevitable connection delay, was a huge challenge, but we’re getting extremely close to being able to show it in action,
says Quark VR Co-Founder Georgi Georgiev.
The company says they have been working with Valve for the last 5 months to find a good solution to this problem, and it seems to finally be coming to fruition. While no official release date has been announced detailing the wireless prototype’s potential, having powerful wireless VR is something we could all enjoy. There have been multiple reports recently about a new Vive coming out by year’s end, and there is a possibility that this is what they were talking about. If Valve was able to rid of the wires in the 2nd generation of its product, I don’t think anyone would have anything to call them but just plain innovative.