HTC unveils two new accessories for Vive VR system

HTC unveils two new accessories for Vive VR system

HTC Vive will be demonstrating more than 30 virtual reality (VR) experiences - spanning education, entertainment, health and medical, mixed reality and more - at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) taking place in Las Vegas this week (Jan. 5-8).

HTC's TPCast wireless Vive accessory is to get an global launch in the second quarter of this year, the company has confirmed, alongside Vive Tracker components for peripheral makers.

HTC's new Vive Tracker accessory was announced today, and while the company says it will launch to consumers in Q2 2017, ahead of that release HTC plans to give away at least 1,000 to VR developers.

HTC also revealed a new accessory to the Vive called the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap, now with an integrated pair of headphones on the head strap itself similar to that of the Oculus Rift.

First and foremost, from my point of view, is the Vive Tracker, which is a small, tri-pronged device that can be attached to objects and bring them into the game world. This allows developers to quickly and easily add things like guns, baseball bats, gloves, and more into their VR experiences, giving gamers the ability to use physical objects to interact with a virtual world. The statement then went on to say that the company is more interested in making a stronger system for both the current and future Vive users.

Meanwhile, the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap is meant to improve the quality of 360-degree audio consumption by making it more comfortable and practical to use. Previously, the kit was available for sale only on HTC's Chinese website. Intel has said previously that it sees tethered and untethered VR merging, and the high-speed WiGig connection makes that a reality. According to HTC, the TPCAST solution is low latency, offers a 2 hour battery life with a 6,000 mAh battery and will be priced at $249 when it launches 2Q2017. HTC's also announced that it expects wireless VR adaptors to start coming out in 2017.

Viveport skews mostly towards non-gaming VR app experiences though you'll still find plenty of VR gaming titles in the store.

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