Sixa Rivvr Wants to Make Your Vive and Oculus Rift Headsets Completely Wireless

By Tom Pritchard on at

VR is an interesting experience with its ups and downs, with one of the biggest universal problems is that pesky wire getting in the way all the time. Thankfully there's a better way, thanks to Sixa Rivvr. Regardless of whether you have an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive, it wants to keep your VR experiences tether-free.

All you need to do is clip the wireless transmitter onto the back of the headset, plug the headset into said transmitter, and provided you've set up the Rivvr client on your PC you're good to go. Sure it's not actually 100% wire-free, but those short wires that connect the headset and the transmitter aren't exactly going to get in your way.

The connection uses  a 2.4GHz or 5 GHz Wi-Fi connection, and right now the latency loss is around 11mm. The retail versions will reduced that to 6mm however. Latency is kind of a big deal with VR, and any latency loss increases the chance that the user will fall prey to the dreaded 'VR sickness'.

This certainly isn't the first time someone has attempted wireless VR, with the TPCast getting a limited release last November. That was only compatible with the Vive, however, and the Rivvr website claims that the wireless transmitter will be compatible with "all modern VR headsets". It only mentions the Vive and Rift by name, though, so PSVR owners might be out of luck.

There's no set release date just yet, but you can reserve one for yourself for $60 (£49). The head mounted version of the Rivvr will cost $209 (£169), and a belt-mounted variant will be $199 (£161). Both appear to have the same specs, including a default battery life of three hours. You can double the battery life on both models, but that will cost you an extra $50 (£40). [Rivvr via TechRadar]