HTC has joined VirtualLink to change the future of PC-powered VR

Business Insider | 10/31/2018 | Peter Sarnoff
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HTC announced that it joined the VR industry open standard VirtualLink on Monday, which works to solve price and experience barriers impeding adoption of PC-powered VR.

HTC will now contribute to the development of VirtualLink, which aims to reduce the various VR cables and connectors currently needed to power VR headsets to a single, high-bandwidth USB-C cord. The company is the latest VR player to join the standard, following the likes of Microsoft, Oculus, and NVIDIA, which were all part of VirtualLink's inception this past July.

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This is a smart move for the company, as the industry standard could make its PC-powered VR headsets, like the Vive, more attractive to consumers. That's because the VirtualLink standard addresses two key barriers to tethered VR adoption: users' restricted mobility and the high cost of ownership.

Regarding mobility, by reducing the number of cables on tethered headsets from as many as four or five to just one, users will be able to move more freely and easily with the device, rather than be restricted by a cluster of cords. As for price of ownership, the open standard will also allow VR headsets to run on smaller devices such as laptops and tablets, which means users won't have to spend money on high-powered PCs...
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