One of the things that users are hoping to see in the ongoing Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas is HTC's launch of the HTC Vive 2. Although there were some users who were disappointed that the HTC Vive 2 did not make an appearance, it doesn't mean that nothing was released for the Vive VR headset.
Although the next generation HTC Vive was not released, there were quite a few accessories that HTC announced during the latest CES event.
One of the most major updates that HTC has announced is the possibility of having a wireless VR headset that will be released in a few months. Early last year, HTC has announced the HTC Vive X accelerator program, and this program has given birth to the TPCast, a wireless adapter created specifically for the HTC Vive.
As great as it seems that users will not have to worry about having to trip over wires while using the HTC Vive, there are two downsides to the TPCast. First is the unit price, which has been announced to be a whopping $249. The second downside to the device is that it only has a battery life that lasts for 1.5 to 2 hours.
Aside from the TPCast, other paraphernalia announced are the Tracker and the Deluxe Audio Strap.
The Vive Tracker is an accessory that will allow a third object to be added in the virtual world. The Vive Tracker could be attached to an object, like a tennis racket or a rifle replica, and the device will mimic the objects in the virtual world.
On the other hand, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap aims to improve the audio experience of Vive users as it has built-in headphones and a size dial to ensure a comfortable fit.
The TPCast, Vive Tracker, and Vive Deluxe Audio Strap have been promised to be released in the second quarter of 2017, although the prices for the last two items have not been announced as of writing.