HTC's doing just a little Spring cleansing, and it's beginning with all of the wires protruding from its headsets. The corporate introduced at the moment at Computex 2017 that it has partnered with Intel to create a "wi-fi VR accent" for the Vive HMD. That accent will depend on WiGig, the wi-fi tech Intel created to allow you to join mainly the whole lot to your PC with out having to plug in a single wire, and is anticipated to work with current Vive HMDs.

That is how HTC described the accent in its announcement:

The WiGig expertise, primarily based on 802.11advert commonplace, works solely within the interference- free 60GHz band, and permits excessive throughput and low latency in each instructions, from the PC to HMD and from HMD to PC. This implies pristine video high quality with <7ms latency in any atmosphere, supporting a number of customers sharing the identical area. All of this leads to the seamless wi-fi VR with the Vive!

The extent to which the wi-fi VR is "seamless" depends upon how a lot decrease than 7ms latency HTC manages to get. Low latency is essential to XR–too a lot can harm your sense of immersion at finest and make you are feeling sick at worst. The excellent news is we’d not have to attend lengthy to learn the way nicely this accent works: HTC stated it's going to point out off a proof of idea when it heads to E3 from June 13-15.

Within the meantime, we are able to take consolation in understanding HTC isn't the one firm that's chasing that wi-fi VR dream. AMD acquired an Austin startup known as Nitero for its wi-fi XR expertise in April, and we not too long ago went hands-on with Sixa's Rivvr wi-fi VR system. Oh, and Oculus can also be engaged on a self-contained, untethered HMD with Venture Santa Cruz. Hopefully we are able to bid adieu to all these wires earlier than later.

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Nathaniel Mott Contributed to this Report