When the HTC Vive was first introduced into the market, the public saw one of their first glimpses into the future of virtual reality. And while it was a stellar piece of technology, it had one very notable limitation. That is, the headset had to be tethered to a powerful computer in order to function. However, the company is already looking to fill in this gap.
About a month ago, HTC announced TPCast, which would allow wireless functionality in the Vive VR Headset. As The Verge notes, this was designed and built by a startup within HTC’s Vice X accelerator program. And while the product is still new, the publication notes that it does work successfully.
One of the best things about the TPCast, as noted by the publication, is that it is so much lighter than the original headset. Understandably, the original Vive HR headset was connected to various cables and was then being dragged down. But the wireless option removes all these unnecessary things, thereby eliminating a big chunk of weight.
The TPCast is not without its fault. In fact, it was noted that there were some frames that were skipped. But nevertheless – for what it is and how quickly the company was able to release it – it is quite impressive. And it works for almost any VR setting, whether the user is playing a first-person shooter, or is doing some science experiments.
Furthermore, the battery life is expected to last for only 2 hours. And while this is still relatively long, hardcore gamers might have to cut their playtime short because of this.
In addition, the battery of the wearable is not inbuilt. Instead, HTC provides an external battery – which is actually connected to the headset – which fits easily into a standard back pocket.