Remember the Nintendo Virtual Boy from the 90’s? It was a cool concept, but the application just didn’t turn out well.
Personally, I never used the Virtual Boy, but I did use the Tiger R-Zone and godamn was that thing horrible. For years I pined for the real thing, a totally immersive experience that would send me to new worlds. Imagine swinging a bastard sword in Skyrim with your real hands? What about taking the leap off a building in Mirror’s Edge? Better not look down.
The likes of Oculus, HTC Vive, and even Playstation VR hit the market and everything changed. Immersive, incredibly captivating VR was now possible. You can’t help but dive in and enjoy it. After a while though, you realize there’s just something missing. The headsets still need a lot of power and require some form of input, so they tend to be bulky and tethered. Even with a setup using the Virtuix Omni – holy hell that thing is badass – you’re still tethered.
Stray too far from your PC or console and oops, out comes the cord, or down goes the equipment, and you. It’s safe to say when such a thing happens it ruins the immersion.
The new Vive being shown off at CES 2018, however, will change that for the better.
Introducing Vive Pro Wireless Support
Talk about “immersive” experience, the new Vive Pro is compatible with a wireless adapter for wire-free use.
The Vive Wireless Adapter – originally teased at CES 2017 by TPCast – allows the Vive VR headsets to be wire-free. Sure, the Samsung Gear VR or Google Daydream – and countless Google Cardboard compatible headsets – are technically wireless, but they don’t offer the kind of visual fidelity that higher-end headsets do.
Behold, the Vive wireless adapter! Oh so sexy! Well… kind of.
The adapter will be compatible with the newest models the Vive Pro, and the original. The Pro variant has been updated to include an AMOLED display, supporting a resolution of 2880×1600 which is supposedly 78% denser than the OG Vive.
The Pro also has built-in headphones for high-quality audio, augmented by dual mics, and surround technology. Talk about nut-tickling gadgets. If you don’t have nuts, I’m sure this thing will still tickle you somewhere, if only because you won’t be tripping over wires anymore while twirling around in the real world.
Hell yeah folks, true VR is right around the corner… or something.
Sadly, the Vive Pro has no listed price as of yet, and we have no idea when it will be available. The Wireless adapter, however, is set to launch sometime in Q3 2018.