Today I am finally cutting the cord on my PCVR setup once again thanks to HTC and I can’t thank them enough for making this possible!
As some of you who have watched my channel for a while know I used to love my wireless PCVR setup using the old TPcast adapter for the Oculus Rift CV1. Admittedly I never could get it to be 100% perfect… It was really close but I feel it was limited by the 5ghz wireless tech it used. I’m very happy to say though that so far in the week I have been testing the HTC wireless adapter it has been rock solid.
The HTC solution uses 60ghz Intel WiGiG technology and a dedicated PCIE card where the old TPcast units used a series of HDMI transmitters and receivers for the video and audio data and then sent tracking info across to a 5ghz router. I have to say that even though both setups are a bit complicated for the average VR user to set up the HTC solution was a much easier process with fewer parts.
Overall the performance I am getting out of the HTC Wireless adapter is identical to using the wire and so far I have not noticed any drop outs of signal or extra perceivable latency while playing even the fastest and most demanding of games like Beat Saber and Pistol Whip… the HTC Wireless adapter kept up with every beat and I felt no lag at all.
The great performance coupled with the complete freedom of movement without the feeling of a cord tethering me to the real world made for a truly immersive and slightly more presence inducing experience. If you own any of the Vive product line and have deep pockets then I highly recommend grabbing this add on for your headset. The adapters start at $299 for the OG Vive and go up to $349 for the Vive Pro and Cosmos headsets so it is for sure an expensive upgrade, but if you are like me and hate feeling leashed to the real world while you are exploring a virtual one then IMHO it is worth every penny!
If you want to learn more about or to purchase the HTC Wireless adapter please head to the link below:
Unboxing - 1:02
Installing the WiGig Card in the PC - 2:26
Testing - 3:43