The HTC Vive currently has a cord that hangs down from the back of the headset. I have mine hooked up to a modified pull-out clothes line hanging from the ceiling to keep it moving around me during gameplay. Most of the time it’s not really in the way but if I had the option to not have that cord hanging there I’d jump on it. Turns out that option is not too far away. This product is going on pre-order today on HTC Vive’s Chinese site. The TPCAST wireless add-on will set you back about $220 US + shipping.
TPCAST is one of the first startups to join the other 32 firms in the HTC ViveX Accelarator group. The wireless add-on has a standard battery that according to HTC will last about 1 and a half hours but if it’s just charged by USB it will be easy to add larger battery packs for hours of untethered gameplay. TPCAST will be offering bigger batteries that will attach to a belt or in your pocket later down the track.
Alvin Wang Graylin China Regional President of VR at HTC commented “We are also very proud and supportive of teams that develop great accessories and game changing peripherals to the Vive ecosystem. The fact that this was developed in such a short time, and delivers such high quality is remarkable. It will allow Vive customers worldwide to gain untethered mobility in VR from their existing devices, while satisfying the biggest feature request of potential PC VR customers.”
The TPCAST add-on was previewed at Alibaba 11/11 shopping festival in China to a huge crowd of amazed VR enthusiasts who are all dying to cut the cord on their VR experience.
According to HTC other wireless add-ons are in the works and that’s good for all VR users as it will help control pricing. Are you ready to cut the cord? Will we see wireless native HTC Vives in the future?