Have you got a Windows Mixed Reality VR HMD but wish you didn’t have to be physically tethered to your PC while playing games? Well, at this year’s CES the Chinese wireless technology company TPCAST announced the Universal Wireless VR Module which includes Windows Mixed Reality support!
Please note that the images I have used are from the newly announced TPCAST Plus for the HTC Vive & Oculus Rift as they haven’t released images of the Universal Wireless VR Module yet, so its appearance may differ.
TPCAST also haven’t revealed the price or release date yet. However it could be quite expensive as the original TPCAST Wireless Adapter for the HTC Vive costs around £320 / $300. Having said that, these new adapters should be at least a bit cheaper as they don’t come with a router since it’s no longer needed.
You can read more about the Universal Wireless VR Module in the following press release from TPCAST:
TPCAST ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR WINDOWS MR HMD WITH UNIVERSAL WIRELESS VR MODULE
January 8, 2018
LAS VEGAS, Nevada. Beijing TPCast Technologies Limited Company (TPCAST) announced the wireless VR module to support the Microsoft Windows MR HMD (Head-Mounted Display). Following the first-to-market introductions of VIVE and Oculus wireless adapters, TPCAST is expanding its portfolio to deliver a wireless solution for the Windows MR HMD. TPCAST will be creating a reference design for the VR module in order to support all VR HMD OEMs and manufacturers, and accelerate the development of the wireless adapter and integration into Windows MR HMDs. The reference design will include TPCAST patented technology that TPCAST will be licensing to the HMD manufacturers that will adopt the Wireless VR technology. By offering OEM reference design, TPCAST can begin the transition into an OEM business model and quickly increase the TPCAST share in the Wireless VR market.
“We are delighted that TPCAST introduces this powerful platform design in the field of Wireless VR. This platform possesses high video quality and low latency performance like the other TPCAST products, and will support the current Windows MR and other 3K/4K resolution HMDs.” said Michael Liu, CEO of TPCAST.
This cutting-edge wireless VR solution requires low latency transmission for 3K/4K high definition video in a speed of 90 frames per second. Additionally, Windows MR inside-out tracking, which sends video tracking data from the HMD to the PC, demands a high bit-rate wireless data transmission. The key technical hinder in designing a Windows MR wireless adapter is that a single wireless channel cannot simulatenously support both the high-definition video and the tracking data. TPCAST’s solution for Windows MR leverages 60GHz high speed channels and delivers the highest data bandwidth in the VR industry. Thus, the reference design will deliver ultra-low latency, and the best video quality. TPCAST’s platform is one simple plug-and-play, router-free, easy installation solution that supports both PC desktops and gaming laptops. The TPCAST wireless module does not require opening the desktop chassis, which significantly simplifies the installation process. The addition of the external RF antenna assures the module’s excellent wireless signal and transmission.
“We are committed to the VR/AR market, and have developed wireless VR core technology to enable us to deliver a solid wireless VR solution to a Windows MR HMD.” said Michael Liu, TPCAST founder and CEO.
You can watch a demonstration of wireless VR in the following video by VR YouTuber SweViver. Please note that this is the Vive version of the original TPCAST Wireless Adapter from last August.
Are you planning on buying the Universal Wireless VR Module? Have you tried wireless VR on another VR system and if so what was your experience with it? Let us know in the comments below or create a discussion in our (PC) Windows Mixed Reality VR General forum.