Wondering if Vive’s newly announced powered up Deluxe Audio Strap upgrade will work with TPCast’s promising wireless VR solution? Wonder no longer.
With the huge wave of accessories announced by HTC for it’s SteamVR powered Vive headset at CES yesterday, we were wondering if any thought had been put to the interoperability of each. Chief among those were whether two of the most desirable upgrades, TPCast’s recently revealed wireless VR add-on and HTC’s official Deluxe Audio Strap. Will the replacement head harness, now packing integrated audio, and its bulkier form factor fit TPCasts’s headset mounted device?
Well, to quell those concerns, Daniel O’Brien, HTC Vive’s GM, just tweeted visual confirmation that yes, they do indeed co-exist just fine. The tweet included O’Brien holding a Vive complete with Deluxe Audio Strap fitted and the TPCast wireless receiver and video / IO module fastened securely. This means those who are considering both accessories can buy with confidence, and from what we’ve seen from community feedback, it’s likely this pairing will be a huge hit with the hardcore fans at least.
How much will the pair cost together? Unfortunately we can only tell you that the TPCast wireless add-on, which uses 60Ghz Wireless HD transmitter and receiver as well as a compressed video stream to beam low latency imagery to the Vive headset, will cost $249 once it goes on general release this year. HTC are already taking pre-orders in some regions for the device.