CES 2018: TPCast Announces Updated Plus Models, Mixed Reality Reference Design

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The Beijing based company has, despite a number of customer's reported problems in ordering, already got products at various stages for both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift.

But for those interested in owning the next step, HTC hasn't committed to exact release dates - for the Vive Pro, or for a proper successor to the now available Vive. "We cut the cord a year ago and now we're showcasing VR in an untethered, multi-player virtual arena", said John Cummins, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing at DisplayLink.

HTC did not mention anything about the retail price of the adapter or how many hours the adapter can work before it needs to be recharged. For example, the TPCast Wireless Adapter disables the microphone in the Vive. That represents a 78% increase over the original Vive. The new version includes several new functions that improve the operation of the device, such as the ability to automatically restart if the system hangs, and automatic wireless channel detection to reduce interference, which TPCast said "substantially improves the stability" of the wireless solution. It still remains unknown how much will the new handset weight and how much lighter it will be. In addition to the potentially clunkier design of the included headphones, the headset has come with two new settings known as "Alert" and "Conversation" mode so that you can adapt to anything happening in-game and in the real world without ever taking off your headset. The center of gravity has been changed up a bit which should make the Pro feel a bit less front-heavy and sit on your head a little more comfortably.

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But, like the rest of the market's high-end headsets, the Vive Pro will still only run with the help of a powerful computer.

There's no way to tell yet if this will be worth the price, and no release date or controller specifications available yet to tell us if we should be expecting another set of wands or if this will be released with the well-desired knuckles as well.

It is proving to be a busy International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 for virtual reality (VR), particularly when it comes to wireless, standalone or "untethered" VR.

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