HTC and Intel cut the Vive’s cords with WiGig

One of the most bothersome parts of high-quality VR is the bundle of cords tethering you to the host PC. As a result, we've already seen a couple of attempts to chop the cables from the HTC Vive. Yesterday at Computex, HTC announced that it's partnering with Intel to create its own wireless solution for the Vive, based on 60-GHz WiGig technology—also known as 802.11ad.

The 60 GHz band hasn't seen much use for general Wi-Fi yet, likely due at least in part to the fact that it generally cannot penetrate even thin walls. However, the room-scale VR experience seems to be a near-perfect fit for the technology. HTC says the tech works for multiple users simultaneously, providing "pristine" video quality with under seven milliseconds of latency.

HTC and Intel didn't say anything about when we'll be able to actually purchase one of the wireless kits, but if you happen to be at Computex, you can try it out at Intel's booth. If you're attending E3 in Los Angeles from June 13 to 15, you can check it out there too. The Vive team says more information will be made available soon, so we'll get it to you when we have it.

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    • ImSpartacus
    • 2 years ago

    VR looks like a good use case for WiGig and other short range line-of-sight tech.

    Threat very well might be its only use case, lol.

    • psuedonymous
    • 2 years ago

    With the advertised ‘<7ms latency’ (i.e. you lose 35% of your 20ms motion-photons window on transmission lag), is this actually a new product, or just an existing WiGig streamer put in a new case? TPLink’s TPCast is just an old SiBeam WHD link in a new box after all, with similar latency issues and poor battery life.

    • CScottG
    • 2 years ago

    A couple years from now:

    ..this just in:

    Brain Cancer is on the rise with VR-gamers. Apparently long-term use of WiFi right next to the gamer’s head results in genotoxicity: breaking DNA which can result in cancer.

      • Laykun
      • 2 years ago

      So what you’re saying is future hysterical click bait fake news articles will achieve the same calibre of quality they do today.

    • Anovoca
    • 2 years ago

    They are just begging to have this thing be nick-named “The Wig”

    • Star Brood
    • 2 years ago

    So what is the point of VR anyway? Just an attempt at cornering a certain insanely antisocial demographic?

    It’s bad enough the games on phones are so mind -consuming, and let’s not get into how nuts pkgo was last Summer, so it’s clear phones already serve enough of a portable purpose that no one wants to be burdened with wearable tech.

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      Por- I mean, immersion.

      • slowriot
      • 2 years ago

      This is simply so you don’t trip over the wires constantly or make a mess. Everyone I know with a VR headset loves to share it and has gotten the best use of it in a social, sharing setting. All the current trends in games point to human-to-human interaction playing an ever bigger role.

      • martin0641
      • 2 years ago

      What is the point of slinging around tired stereotypes?

      I have a Rift, it’s awesome. It has an element of immersion that is unlike anything in our history, and I’ve been waiting for it since the 80s.

      [url<]https://www.thevoid.com/[/url<] This tech is also quite social, I play with my wife and we have immersive shared experiences - we have to have this before we can get the Holodeck. I want a Holodeck.

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        [quote<]I want a Holodeck.[/quote<] If TV and movies have taught me anything, *never* disable the safety protocols unless you're being invaded by the Borg. You're welcome.

          • Growler
          • 2 years ago

          What’s a little Moriarty between friends?

        • Star Brood
        • 2 years ago

        That’s a nice take on it you have.

        Maybe it’s just an impossible product to market unless you see the demos.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 2 years ago

    Real men use cables.

      • chuckula
      • 2 years ago

      With little shards of glass sticking out of them!

        • SlappedSilly
        • 2 years ago

        That’s only after I’ve tripped over the cat and dove through the sliding glass door.

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