Early this year, there have been some major announcements about HTC Vive VR accessories, and two of these accessories are wireless interfaces: the TPCAST and KwikVR Wireless Kit.
Both solutions offer wireless connectivity to the HTC Vive VR headset and the host computer. In addition to these two, HTC has partnered with Intel to bring the very first WiGig Wi-Fi technology to the HTC Vive.
According to Digital Trends, Intel has announced in yesterday’s Computex 2017 opening that it is working closely with HTC to bring faster wireless connectivity to the Vive VR headset.
In the presentation, Intel did a first public demo of the WiGig Wi-Fi technology with the Vive. The new wireless connectivity technology, otherwise known as 802.11ad, offers transmit rates of up to 7Gbps over various frequency bands. This rate is more than enough to carry data across the host computer and first generation VR headsets. Furthermore, the bandwidth of the WiGig system can even support uncompressed data transmission with as little latency as possible.
Although there are third-party wireless VR headset interfaces available in the market, like the TPCAST and KwikVR Wireless Kit, the Intel WiGig interface offers much faster connectivity. Furthermore, these third party interfaces rely heavily on compression algorithms in order to transmit massive amounts of data. This affects video quality to certain extent.
On other notes, the WiGig interface will make use of DisplayLink XR Codec. This means that there will be some measure of data compression involved. Nevertheless, it would still be less than the compression rates offered by current wireless VR solutions.
Unfortunately, at the moment, it is not clear yet when exactly the device will hit the market. However, Intel and HTC claimed that it will be ready sometime in early 2018. As for the price, perhaps consumers would have to wait until Intel and HTC makes to official announcement later this year. For more updates on the HTC Vive VR headset, be sure to check us out at The Bitbag.