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Tpcast: Wireless adapter for HTC Vive coming to Europe

Friday, August 25th, 2017 | Gadgets

The Chinese manufacturer Tpcast wants to bring its wireless adapter for the VR headset HTC Vive to the European market. Tony Ho, CEO of Tpcast, said: "Europe is one of the most interesting markets in the world."
Since 2016, the company has been distributing its adapters exclusively in China. It is supported by HTC itself. The product contains a transmitter that is plugged directly into the headset and a receiver that the user places in the game room. The actual signal is routed via Ethernet from the receiver to the host computer.

Included in the package is a battery with about two hours of running time. However, it is also possible to order slightly larger batteries for five hours of running time. In various hands-on videos on the Youtube video platform, such as Tested and SweVive, an anchor battery is used which is charged in parallel via two USB 2.0 ports. In this way, the charging process takes approximately eight hours.
The European contract has it all
While the battery is relatively heavy and bulky, depending on the size, the wireless adapter itself with 86 grams hardly noticeable. However, it is only compatible with the HTC Vive and not with other VR headsets. The maximum resolution that the signal can transmit is 2K (2,048 x 1,080 pixels). The latency of the signal is, according to the manufacturer, two milliseconds.

        
                
                                    
                
            
    The wireless kit from Tpcast for HTC-Vive (Picture: HTC)
In China, the Tpcast wireless adapter is offered for 200 Euro. This was at least the case at the time of his performance last year. In Europe – and therefore in Germany – the product will cost 350 euros. In addition, there are 700 euros for a HTC Vive. Pre-orders are possible from 1 September 2017.
The VR glasses should soon be available as a standalone version. However, it is less suitable for playing as a stand-alone computer with an ARM processor.

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