HTC Corporation has announced its official support for the unveiling of a tether-less virtual reality (VR) upgrade kit (preview edition) for the HTC Vive. Developed and produced by TPCAST, a Vive X Accelerator invested company, this kit will enable users of high-end PC VR systems to have a fully untethered experience on all current HTC Vive VR devices.
The HTC Vive was the first head-mounted display (HMD) to enable room-scale VR and 6DOF controllers to the world, and now TPCAST’s upgrade kits will enable the device to offer a tether-less high-end PC VR experience.
At the Tmall 11/11 Media Center, Alibaba and HTC jointly demonstrated Alibaba’s new Buy+ mobile VR channel on the latest HTC-powered VR-ready smartphones. This is the first application to date that allows the completion of actual retail transactions fully in VR, showing China’s growing leadership in the VR space. HTC Vive and Alibaba have previously announced strategic partnerships relating to Cloud services and VR and this joint VR demonstration is a further strengthening of cooperation across another business section connecting the two firms.
“We are glad to cooperate with Alibaba to enable the first mass-demonstration of a complete VR shopping experience and are honoured that they have chosen Viveport M as the preferred download partner for the Buy+ mobile application,” said Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive, HTC. “We are also very proud that a Vive X team, TPCAST, has developed such an impactful product in such a short time. It will allow Vive customers worldwide to gain untethered mobility in VR from their existing devices, while satisfying the biggest feature request of potential PC VR customers.”
Viveport M launched in China earlier this week, and is freely available to download for mobile users in that territory. The TPCAST tether-less upgrade kit will be available for pre-order at 1,499 RMB (approx. £179.88 GBP) in limited quantity on www.vive.com starting at 1pm GMT today, 11th November 2016. Order fulfillment will be prioritised to existing customers who can provide a valid HTC Vive serial number and initial delivery is expected to begin in Q1 2017.
Other wireless solutions have already been revealed as in development for the HTC Vive, and a next generation HMD reveal is currently expected at CES 2017. VRFocus will keep you updated with all the latest details on the TPCAST upgrade kit, as well as other HTC Vive peripherals and applications officially endorsed by HTC.