HTC is opening up pre-orders for a $220 add-on that cuts the Vive's wires and transforms it into a wireless VR headset. The peripheral that clips onto the device was made by a company called TPCAST and was designed under the Vive X program. If you'll recall, HTC launched the program to invest $100 million into startups looking to build accessories for the Vive. According to the company's interview with UploadVR, there'll be no "noticeable difference" when you use the device, implying that it won't turn VR experiences into laggy nightmares. HTC even promises that it will "greatly improve" the overall Vive experience.
In the interview, China Regional President of Vive at HTC, Alvin W. Graylin, told the publication that the company will sell a bigger battery for the add-on in the future. At the moment, it will only come with a standard battery that lasts for an hour-and-a-half. The bigger power source will last longer, but you'll have to carry it around in your pocket or in a bag.
HTC's Chinese website will start accepting pre-orders on Friday, November 11th, 7AM Pacific/10AM Eastern -- there are no plans to release the peripheral locally in the US and other countries yet. Graylin told UploadVRthat anybody can buy one, though, so you can place an order if you're willing to pay for shipping from Asia. That said, HTC is only selling a limited number of units, and you'll have a bigger chance of securing one if you can provide a valid Vive serial number.