TPCAST's Wireless Vive kit works

TPCAST's Wireless Vive kit works

TPCAST's Wireless Vive kit works

TPCAST's Wireless Vive kit works

TPCAST's wireless HTC Vive kit has been tested by third parties, confirming the device's low latency throughput and almost perfect functionality when used with Upload VR's test system. 


This wireless HTC Vive add-on is advertised as having a latency of 2ms, which presented no major visual issues, artefacts or desynchronization during use compared to a wired HTC Vive, making this accessory highly desirable for those who want tetherless VR. 

This accessory works by using a special TPCAST video transmitter as well as the HTC Vive's two lighthouses, with their transmitter featuring a 160-degree field of view to always have a direct view of the TPCAST wireless unit. This wireless transmitter uses what the company calls "Wireless HD" to transmit video to the HTC Vive, using a special compression algorithm and what is thought to be a 60GHz WiFi band to transmit the data quickly and with minimal loss in quality. 



Sadly Upload VR did not measure how much weight the TPCAST added to the HTC Vive, though it is worth noting that they were using a prototype unit, which could be heavier than the consumer version. 

Even so, it seems that the accessory didn't make the HTC Vive any harder to wear, with users being able to do backflips and cartwheels with ease, without the need to worry about getting strangled or tripped up by a traditional VR data tether.  



Pre-orders for this item were already available for a limited time, though further pre-orders are expected to start in late December or early January 2017. This HTC Vive add-on is set to release in Q1 2017, though release dates outside of China are unknown.


Right now TPCAST is seeking FCC certification, which is preventing TPCAST from opening international orders. TPCAST are also working to support other VR headsets in the future, with plans to release a version of their Vive wireless kit that supports 4K resolutions, future-proofing the device for future, high-resolution VR headsets. 


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