HTC's wireless Vive VR adapter will cost $300 / €345

21 Aug 2018 | Rasmus Larsen |

The wireless adapter for the Vive VR headset that HTC announced at CES will be available in September priced at $300 in the US and €345 in Europe – more if you own Vive Pro.

Wireless adapter for HTC Vive

HTC is trying to address two of the major pain points with VR headsets. The recently-launch Vive Pro increases resolution to a less blurry 2880x1600 pixels, whereas a new wireless adapter will untether users from the PC.

HTC’s Vive Wireless Adapter connects wirelessly to the PC and is compatible with Vive and Vive Pro. It was first unveiled at CES 2018 in January and HTC has now announced pricing and launch details.

The adapter must be connected on top of the HTC Vive headset. If you own the Vive Pro you will need to shell out an addition $60 dollars, or €75, and be prepared to carry a small companion processor somewhere on your body (see picture).

 HTC Vive Wireless Pro

- "Since the launch of Vive, we have been figuring out how to bring a wireless experience to premium VR and it has also been a request from our consumers and enterprise customers," said Paul Brown, GM Vive Europe. "We've listened to this feedback and are proud to collaborate with our talented partners, Intel and DisplayLink to deliver the Vive Wireless Adapter. Combining high quality, low latency and ease of use, the adapter delivers on our promise of premium wireless VR."

The package includes a PCI e-card that must be installed in your PC. It transmits the video signal to the adapter and Vive headset. By using a combination of Intel’s WiGig protocol and DisplayLink’s XR codec, it has a range of approximately 6 meters over the 60GHz band. This will ensure “low latency and high performance with hours of battery life”, the company claims.

HTC Vive competes head-to-head with Facebook’s Oculus VR. Both must be connected to a PC. Sony is offering the PlayStation VR headset that must be connected to a PlayStation 4. Last week, Sony announced that a total of 3 million PlayStation VR units have been sold to date. It is estimated that both HTC and Oculus have sold significantly fewer headsets.

HTC Vive Wireless Adapter will launch on September 24, with pre-orders starting September 5. It will be priced at $300 / €345 Euro but owners of Vive Pro will need to invest an additional $60 / €75 in the “compatibility pack”.

Share on:

Latest news

UEFA debuts free streaming service

14 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

Sony A9G OLED wins 'King of TV' at 2019 TV Shootout

13 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
The Wall Luxury

Samsung will launch 'The Wall Luxury' microLED displays in July

13 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

Next-gen Xbox console will have a disc drive

12 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Sony A8G

Sony 2019 A9G and A8G OLED TVs now available

11 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Iron Man

All Marvel Cinematic Universe films will be remastered in 4K

10 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |
Project Scarlett

Next-gen Xbox: 8K graphics, 120fps, SSD & ray-tracing - launching in 2020

10 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |

WarnerMedia streaming service likely to be more expensive than Netflix, Disney+

07 Jun 2019 | Rasmus Larsen |