VR tech startup Quark VR is working to make the HTC Vive wireless
Virtual reality tech startup Quark VR announced today that it is "extremely close" to debuting a "wireless HTC Vive prototype" that it has been working on for some time with help from Valve personnel.
This is potentially intriguing because the HTC Vive is currently the premier platform for devs building room-scale VR experiences, and therefore it stands to benefit the most from tech that cuts the cables yoking the headset to a PC.
However, there are some caveats here: Quark VR is describing its prototype as "a small gadget" that connects to the Vive and maintains communication between it and a PC via a pocket-sized Wi-Fi transmitter. The company acknowledges that relying on Wi-Fi creates some "inevitable connection delay" but claims it is working to address that concern.
Quark VR's chief concern is actually the Quark VR SDK, which it bills as a tool for developers who have built VR experiences in Unity/Unreal to stream them to multiple headsets without having to create headset-specific builds.
Quark VR itself is an outgrowth of Intugame, a VR tech startup based in Sofia, Bulgaria. It's also working on a mobile app, Intugame VR, that's designed to stream PC games to smartphone-powered VR headsets.