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HTC Vive and Intel to Bring WiGig Wireless VR Solution to the Headset

The announcement was made at Computex, Taiwan.

Computex Taipei 2017 has started in Taiwan today, a tech tradeshow focusing on 5 main themes: AI & Robotics, IoT Applications, Innovations & Startups, Business Solutions, and Gaming and virtual reality (VR). Taking the stage, HTC Vive and Intel have announced a partnership to bring Intel’s WiGig wireless VR solution to the HTC Vive.

HTC will manufacture the WiGig wireless VR accessory, based on 802.11ad standard, which works solely in the interference- free 60GHz band. This enables high throughput and low latency in both directions, so video quality has <7ms latency in any environment, whilst supporting multiple users sharing the same space.

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Few other details have been revealed but Intel will have a proof of concept on display at their booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2017, in Los Angeles, California next month.

Expect to see far more wireless VR news as the year goes on, with companies making concentrated efforts to untether users from their PC’s. Earlier this month VRFocus reported on VR UniBlock revealing its low latency wireless video transmission technology that works without ever compressing or decompressing data.

Then there was Canadian chipset developer Peraso Technologies, Inc., which is also at Computex 2017, showcasing its wireless gaming solution powered by WiGig (802.11ad and 802.11ay) wi-fi technology. You’ve also got Bulgarian company, Quark, working on a wireless VR solution, DisplayLink and its concept for wireless VR, and lastly TPCast which is probably one of the most well known companies developing a solution, because it’s part of the Vive X global virtual reality (VR) accelerator program.

VRFocus will be bringing you all the latest announcements from Computex 2017, so say here for further updates.

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