New PCs and VR headsets weren’t the only gadgets that made appearances at this year’s CES conference. Current VR OEM HTC was on the scene as well, introducing some new accessories and new services for it’s Vice headset.
The new accessories include the Vive?Tracker and?Vive?Deluxe Audio Strap, which will be made available sometime in 2017. HTC describes the Vive Tracker as a device that enables motion tracking in the VR world. The Vive?Tracker will?integrate with?any number of future VR accessories via a simple connection, including rifles, a baseball bat, a firehose and haptic gloves (all shown off at CES 2017). The Tracker weighs?just under three ounces?and is?99.65mm x?42.27mm.
The?Vive?Deluxe Audio Strap?is?designed?with adjustable headphones and?a new?customizable sizing dial?for?quickly?adjusting the fit of the?headstrap, for a more comfortable experience.
And lastly there’s a wireless adaptor from TPCast that we covered a little while ago, which will allow users to have a wireless experience on the HTC Vive headset. It includes 1.5 hr battery, and latency as low as 2ms. It will be shipping in the second quarter of 2017 for $249.
In addition to these new products, Viveport will be launching a monthly subscription service to help users discover new VR apps, as well as introduce a new channel through which VR developers can monetize their content. VR fans and existing Viveport customers can sign-up today to be the first to get invited to a free trial of the subscription service when it launches at http://www.viveport.com.
On top of everything else, there will be a new app store dedicated to professionals in 2017. The store is designed for arcades, cinemas, amusement parks and other location-based entertainment centers eager to introduce their customers to VR.
You can read more about these services on the Vive blog here.