One Step Closer to a Holodeck, with the HTC Vive Wireless VR Adaptor

MakeUseOf | 10/17/2018 | James Bruce
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Our verdict of the HTC Vive Wireless Adaptor:

This is how VR should be, but cutting-edge technology comes at a price. Unless you have the room to take advantage of it, you might be better off saving for a next generation headset.

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Finally: wireless, high fidelity wireless VR is here. And it’s amazing. The HTC Vive official wireless adaptor is out now, compatible with the Vive and Vive Pro.

It doesn’t come cheap though. The official wireless adaptor is $300 for the original Vive, or $360 for the Vive Pro. For that price, you can buy an entirely new Microsoft Mixed Reality headset. But we’re living at the bleeding edge of technology here. The wireless tech used here is Intel’s WiGig / 5G. It’s ultra high bandwidth, but ultra short range.

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The tracking technology is promising, but hold off until we see SteamVR support. Right now, the Oculus Rift represents much better value for money.

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May also be available from: Newegg ($299.99).

May also be available from: Newegg ($299.99).

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Now I should note that this isn’t the first wireless adaptor: TPCast has been out for a while. Unfortunately, it isn’t very good. It requires its own network router, a complex set up, and is generally not recommended by anyone.

The hope is that being an official consumer oriented release by HTC themselves, the Vive Wireless Adaptor will be somewhat better in every way. And it certainly lives up the hype.

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Read on to find out exactly what we thought, and at the end of this review we’re giving one away to one lucky reader.

What’s In The Box?

Components

Inside you’ll find four main components:

A 10,500mAh USB battery bank. You can buy another official one for $60, or third party ones to use as a backup, but they must be capable of delivering Quick Charge...
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