Here at VRNET offices, we have always loved the HTC Vive and have been even more impressed with the HTC Vive Pro. HTC offer a level of graphics and immersion that are hard to beat. Of course, that comes at a cost, both in terms of the money you need to spend and the hardware you need to run the headset (A high powered PC). For professional work, these costs can be worth it, but there has always been one issue that we really disliked… Having a wire that connects the headset to the PC. The wire gets wrapped around your legs, pulls on your headset, even twists around your entire body! There is no quicker way to break the illusion of VR than tripping over a wire in the real world.
Well, all that changes this month with the introduction of the HTC Vive Wireless Adapter. Available for pre-order on the 5th of September and in the stores on the 24th September, the wireless adapter, at a price of $299 ($369 for the Vive Pro), looks set to further revolutionise high end VR.
The adapter is very simple to install and takes just a few minutes to set up. It requires a PCI-e card* on the PC and uses a T-shaped adapter that attaches to the headset (The adapter is lightweight, 129g, and sits perfectly on the headset). It is worth noting that you do still need to power the headset, which is done with a battery that is generally worn like a belt (the battery last around 2.5 hours on a full charge), this is small and hardly noticeable, a small price to pay for the freedom of being untethered from the PC.
* Worth noting that due to this PCI-e slot requirement, the wireless adapter wont be usable on VR ready laptops.
The wireless range is around 6 meters from the headset to the base station on the PC. This might not seem a large distance, but it works well for most home/office setups. Most importantly though, the latency is ultra low, meaning that there is no noticeable lag between your movements and what happens in VR, essential for immersion and eliminating motion sickness.
If you are working in a professional environment and want the very best VR experience that money can buy, the HTC Vive Pro with the wireless adapter is the cutting edge. Place your pre-order here