After launching two high-end desktop VR solutions, hardware companies are now investing in the next technology designed to advance virtual reality. With a number of improvements yet to be made, tethered VR systems look to be the focus of future headsets.

What is wireless virtual reality?

Today, the leading desktop VR headsets, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, are held back by a number of shortcomings. One of the most common limitations of today’s hardware is the physical connection to a PC that is required to provide bandwidth for accurate tracking and display of information.

Previously, this tether placed heavy burdens on headset-assisted locomotion, not only creating a travel hazard due to the room’s sense of scale, but also hindering overall movement. While a number of companies have tried to create more mobile apps, they mostly come down to a backpack with a high-end PC setup.

As the name suggests, wireless virtual reality is an advancement that eliminates the physical wire between the PC and the headset. The current ideas behind its implementation are processing performed by high-performance desktop equipment, with tracking and visual transmission wirelessly via headphones. This will still leave the headset dependent on the PC, but will give VR an extra level of immersion.