Back in January HTC announced that it was officially making the Vive virtual reality headset wire-free, thanks to a special adapter developed in partnership with TPCast - the same company that had been working on VR's wire issue for some time. Now the company has announced that the Vive Wireless Adapter will be arriving very soon. In just over a month to be precise.
Pre-orders for the Vive Wireless Adapter will open on 5th September, ready for a 24th September release, and will be available from Vive.com, Overclockers, and Scan here in the UK. It's compatible with bothethe original HTC Vive and the super-expensive Vive Pro, though the Pro owners will be shafted by an additional £65. That's all down to the headset's upgraded design and unique connection cable, requiring users to spend that extra £65 on a compatibility pack made up of a unique attachment and foam padding. Which is annoying, especially since the full Vive Pro starter kit already costs £1299.
According to HTC installation takes a few minutes, with a PCI-e card and sensor needing to be added to your PC. That shouldn't be too difficult, and once done you'll have six metres of range and a 150 degree field of view from the sensor. The pack itself is powered by HTC's QC 3.0 PowerBank, which can also be used with other devices. One is in the box, while additional packs will be available for an undisclosed amount from HTC. I've seen them on sale elsewhere for £70 each, which is a little pricey if you ask me. They each have 10,050 mAh of capacity, which HTC says offers around two and a half hours of wire-free gameplay.
Specs wise you're looking at needing a PC with an internal PCI-e card slot, an Intel® Core™ i5-4590 / AMD FX 8350 equivalent or better, Windows 7 or 10, and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 equivalent or better. Vive Pro owners will have to have Windows 10, and need a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card (or something better).
For a limited time, anyone who buys a Vive Wireless Adaptor will also be given two months free access to Viveport - TC's VR subscription service that gives access to five games from a catalogue of over 500 titles each month.
So if you're a Vive owner, or a VR enthusiast that's been put off by all the wires, and you have the money to spend, HTC is going to happily take it off your hands.