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Wireless HTC Vive everyone!

The HTC is unarguably the best consumer VR experience at the moment: With its 90Hz 2560 x 1200 screen, amazing controllers and super accurate trackers. The only thing that seemed to bug everyone is this:

 

Vive tether reworked
The uncanny wires! D:

Although a lot of manufacturers seem to be jumping on the whole VR Backpack bandwagon and offering various choices which you can find here. Ranging from backpacks that you can put your VR-capable laptop in such as Zotac’s and Gigabyte’s Aorus’ carry for one of their laptops or even a fully fledged PC inside a backpack-like enclosure from MSI utilizing the same components from their Vortex PC.

But it seems like a small company called Quark VR has a more elegant solution: “Make the thing run on Wi-Fi! Duh?” right? Well, it’s not that simple since most of the delay that happened to VR headsets most famously the Vive was because of the “experience” which technically is mostly affected by framerate, tracking and, the problem in this case, latency because Wi-Fi is not even close to being as responsive as cabling (Except on the G900, which is a mouse mind you and doesn’t have that much information to transfer) But it seems like Quark VR is handling it. Here’s how they “add-on” works: You plug all you necessary connection from your HMD (Head Mounted Display) to a little wireless hub that connect to your PC, very simple. But my guess here is: Quark VR will make a proprietary dock just like mice do to maintain the best possible connection and lowest latency.

Although the headset is still technically not completely wireless, but users’ main concern was the long cable running from the headset to the PC because it gets tangled or some people might even trip on it, so it definitely does get away with some of the unpleasant experience.

Another way to go about it though is a very tedious and rather expensive one that Linus Sebastian from LinusTechTips did which is putting all the heavy cables in a backpack alongside a big 10 000 mAh ¬†battery then ran all the needed display cables through an “optical USB-C display hub” which is not the same as Thunderbolt because sadly it doesn’t deliver power and that could have solved a lot more issues. You can check out the video here:

And the second part here:

 

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