HTC Vive Wireless Upgrade Kit Sells Out In 18 Minutes

by Jamie Feltham • November 11th, 2016

Update: An update to the TPCAST website claims the Vive system adds less than 2 milliseconds of latency, and HTC addressed skepticism surrounding the accessory.

Yesterday we brought you news that HTC and Vive X company TPCAST were planning to release a wireless upgrade kit for the HTC Vive, with pre-orders going live today. Clearly, a lot of you wanted one.

Alvin W. Graylin, China Regional President of Vive at HTC, told UploadVR that the kit had completely sold out of its initial stock, set to ship in Q1 2017, in 18 minutes. Pre-orders went live just over an hour ago at 7 a.m. Pacific. The device was only available to pre-order through Vive’s Chinese website, but Graylin previously confirmed that anyone across the globe could order one through there.

The upgrade kit has two SKUs, one of which has an extended battery. Only the standard model was available to pre-order. Graylin stated that the model with the larger battery should be available in Q1 too, though it won’t be a part of the first production run, meaning these sold out units will likely be shipped first. HTC is prioritizing existing Vive owners, and the purchase process asked for the serial number of your unit. Graylin said another wave of pre-orders may arrive next month, and that they might be more accessible to international customers.

TPCAST’s product is an accessory that attaches to the Vive and wirelessly connects to a PC, allowing you to play any Vive game without having to physically tether the headset to the machine. Graylin told us that there was “no noticeable difference” when using the kit compared to a regular Vive, though we haven’t been able to go hands-on yet to verify that for ourselves. A translation of TPCAST’s website notes that the kit has a “lowest latency” of 15ms, however.

We have plenty of other questions about the kit, and we can’t wait to try it for ourselves.

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  • LaRocky

    I can’t wait to see your review on this.

  • It is TPCAST not TYPCAST as someone has mispelled through this entire article..

    • Jamie Feltham

      Good spot, sorry! Fixed now.

      • Derek

        as an Australian who waited up until 1:30am, I’m not happy with this sites reporting today.

        • Jamie Feltham

          Super apologize for this. We were reporting what HTC told us.

    • DougP

      I ran into the same. Tried a bogus China address, after futzing around with translations & figuring out what the enter where.
      Had hoped to change via support the shipping address once had order confirmed.

      Had started minutes before it went live & wasted an hour’s time… finally getting the “item not available on checkout”.
      Very disappointing, as I’d only gotten a few hours sleep to be up in time.

      Also, someone else who did the same reported that even tho’ they got to process the cart, they were unable to pay due to the payment method being a non-standard (possibly China only) method.

  • leitecarvalho

    holy cow, that was fast…

  • Sebastien Mathieu

    this, if its working as advertised is really a game changer….. I want one for my vive for shure!

  • GodMk2

    Isn’t 15ms too slow? I’m sure I read somewhere the slowest rate uou can get away with is 11ms. And 15 is the lowest.. or does that mean q5ms is their worst rate. lol . Have to wait to find out. I think they can get some more finance sorted for additional runs mnw they’ve proved demand with a trial run! 18 minutes… man I need to switch my twitter notications back on!

    • Kyriakos

      Yah, my thoughts. I’d love to have one ASAP but wouldn’t rush until there are enough opinions that there is no noticeable difference.

  • Smokey_the_Bear

    Wonder how many units they sold… It’s easy to say you “sold out” when you only make a few hundred.

  • Badelhas

    Can’t wait for your review as well. Are you getting a unit? When, might I ask?

    Cheers