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HTC VIVE cuts the cable with debut of Vive Wireless Adapter

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Pre-order for device launches Sept. 5; Global on shelf date set for Sept. 24

Gamescom – August 22, 2018 – HTC VIVE™ today is meeting the promise of wireless premium VR with the official announcement and pre-order of the Vive Wireless Adapter. The adapter frees VR users from the tether back to their PC, while maintaining the performance requirements for premium VR on both the HTC Vive and Vive Pro. Pre-order starts Sept. 5. For customers in the UK, pre-orders will be available at Overclockers, Scan and Vive.com. 

The Vive Wireless Adapter retails for £299. The base adapter works with both Vive and Vive Pro, however, Vive Pro owners will need an additional compatibility pack with a unique connection cable for the Vive Pro, as well as foam padding and an attachment device unique to Vive Pro. The package retails for £65.

"Since the launch of Vive, we have been figuring out how to bring a wireless experience to premium VR and it has also been a request from our consumers and enterprise customers," said Paul Brown, GM Vive Europe. "We've listened to this feedback and are proud to collaborate with our talented partners, Intel and DisplayLink to deliver the Vive Wireless Adapter. Combining high quality, low latency and ease of use, the adapter delivers on our promise of premium wireless VR." 

Installation of the Vive Wireless Adapter occurs in minutes by installing a PCI-e card and attaching a sensor from the PC that broadcasts to and from the newly wireless Vive headset. The adapter has a broadcast range of 6 meters with a 150 degree field of view from the sensor and runs in the interference-free 60 GHz band using Intel’s WiGig specification, which, combined with DisplayLink’s XR codec, means low latency and high performance with hours of battery life. 

The Adapter is powered by the HTC QC 3.0 PowerBank, which can also double as a charge pack for a smartphone.  The retail package ships with one PowerBank and additional PowerBanks will be purchasable at Vive.com.  

“I congratulate HTC and we are excited to see a flagship device and new user experience enabled by Gigabit, low-latency wireless,” said Dr. Cormac S.G. Conroy, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Intel Communication and Devices Group. “In building this mmWave solution, we had our eyes on the demands of VR and leveraged our deep 5G wireless experience. We understood the performance needs of VR and the gaming and enterprise markets. We can’t wait for everyone to bring what we’ve been working on into their homes and into their VR arcades.”

“DisplayLink’s heritage is in solving complex problems for enterprises all over the world,” said John Cummins, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, DisplayLink. “We’re very excited to deliver the freedom and complete immersion of wireless VR to businesses and the application development community that serves them.  For gaming, arcades, training, and future applications yet to be developed, the promise of low latency, high quality wireless VR is available now.”

“Wireless represents the true promise of VR and Seeking Dawn,” said Freeman Fan, Founder & CEO, Multiverse Entertainment. “Our gameplay in Seeking Dawn capitalizes on the freedom of wireless, and we can’t wait to showcase how wireless changes the expectations around VR content."

To celebrate the launch, all Vive Wireless Adapter purchases will include a two-month trial to Viveport Subscription, offering access to nearly 500 titles, including Seeking Dawn. 

Vive Wireless Adapter Specs: 

 

VR Compatibility

Vive and Vive Pro* 

 

Computer

Desktop PC with internal PCI-e Slot

Processor

 

Intel® Core™ i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better

Graphics Card

Vive: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 equivalent or Better

Vive Pro: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060

Operating System

 

Vive: Windows 7, Windows 10

Vive Pro: Windows 10

Battery Life / Size

 

The HTC QC 3.0 PowerBank features a 10,050mAh capacity that will power wireless VR for 2.5 hours of gameplay

Charging / Charge Time:

The battery pack for the Vive Wireless Adapter is capable of charging to full capacity in less than one hour. Additional packs will be available for purchase at Vive.com.

Wireless Range: 

 

Up to 6 meters recommended

 

About HTC VIVE

VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform, built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. Delivering on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content, VIVE has created the strongest ecosystem for VR hardware and software, bringing VR to consumers, developers and enterprises alike. The VIVE ecosystem is built around the best VR hardware in market, supported by VIVE X, a $100 million accelerator for VR and related technology start-ups, Viveport, a global platform and app store with the world’s first VR subscription model that operates in more than 60 countries, and VIVE Studios, its VR content development and publishing initiative. For more information on VIVE, please visit www.vive.com.