One complaint we have about the HTC Vive is that it isn’t portable. If you want to take it over to a friend’s house, for example, you need to pop the headset, sensors and controllers in a bag, then rig them up to a PC when you arrive.
But that could be an issue of the past, as HTC has taken the wraps off a new virtual reality headset called the Vive Standalone, which, as its name suggests, doesn’t require a PC, wires or a dedicated tracking setup.
Not a great deal is known about the Vive Standalone, other than that it’s powered by Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 835 processor and will launch exclusively in China, where it’ll run applications from HTC’s Viveport platform.
If the Vive Standalone is well-received in the region — and there’s no reason it shouldn’t be — there’s a chance it will make its way to other markets, including the United Kingdom and the United States, but nothing’s confirmed.
Until then, we’ll just have to put up with a Vive with cables.