TPCast’s Vive Upgrade Kit US Pre-Orders Now Online

by Jamie Feltham • September 5th, 2017

Late last week we reported that TPCast’s wireless upgrade kit for the HTC Vive was now available to pre-order in Europe. From this week, you can pre-order it in the US, too.

The Microsoft store has now listed the device for $299, set for release on September 25th. That’s a good bit cheaper than the €349 EU price tag. In fact, $299 works out to about €251, so the US is getting a good deal pre-VAT.

The pre-order contains everything you’ll need to start using your Vive wirelessly, bar the actual headset and a PC to run it.

We’ll of course be looking to deliver final TPCast impressions to you in the coming weeks. In previous hands-on we’ve found the system to work quite well save for issues with voice chat and potentially blocking off headphone usage. Keep in mind that more wireless VR accessories are likely to ship in 2018 — ones we tested at E3 solved the headphones problem, for example.

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  • koenshaku

    They could at least have the decency to fix their product before releasing it.. That $300 price point I have to say is tempting though.. lol

    • dk

      well the only thing to fix is the price ….it works pretty great according to people trying it out….there r some minor things that can be improved ….but it’s pretty great

      • koenshaku

        Yeah I preordered it… It comes with the 6 hour battery and i was expecting it
        to be $500 so i just grabbed it..

        • NooYawker

          Add a desktop mic and scream really loud when you play MP 😀 People usually yell a lot in MP anyway.

          • koenshaku

            Yeah there is that, I figure I figure a Bluetooth headset will do the trick though. ^__^

          • Icebeat

            So now you need to buy a bluetooth headset? and what happens with the deluxe audio strap? it seems to me that all the Vive story is a put more money if you want to fix the problem because we are freaking stupid to release a finished product or you are to stupid to buy an unfinished product.

          • koenshaku

            You can find Bluetooth headphones with mic for about $10 I have a few pairs laying around. I think everyone does at this point. The headphones on the deluxe audio headset are very adjustable and easily moved out of the way. I would think tpcast will correct the issue down the line at some point. If not we all know new tech will have bugs early adopters know their sacrifice, but they get to show off their new gear too =)

  • Justos

    300$ for wireless is a hell no from me.

  • Alorwin

    Anyone in the UK want one? If you pay, I can ship it over to you. Or use a Reshipping company.

  • evo_9

    $300 for wireless is a hell yes from me.

    Say’s it ships on Sept.25th after you do the pre-order.

  • drd7of14

    The headphones are price point are my biggest gripe…While to be honest I expected this to be higher, the problems that exist in its design would only warrant me a purchase at $200. I’ll probs just wait for future competitors to figure it out and/or help bring the price down of the TPCAST.

  • NooYawker

    It’s expensive but it’s good to have the option of adding this.

  • Drowbonian101

    I’ll be all over this! Current setup is obnoxious. Bigger the space, the worse the cord problem is.

  • Evol Love

    The Microsoft store has taken it down, was about to purchase too…. Guess I didn’t really need brain cancer anyway.

    • Polo

      Tried to go preorder but the page is down. Did anyone get to preorder?

      • Caven

        I was able to put in a pre-order on Sunday, so it was working at one point.

        • Polo

          The MS store rep told me the preorder page was put up prematurely, sounds like I shouldn’t put much stock in that answer (SMH) if people were actually able to preorder successfully.

          • koenshaku

            Yeah I preordered it

          • Caven

            It wouldn’t be the first time they did that. They jumped the gun on preorders for the Deluxe Audio Strap as well. Though I have to wonder about this sort of thing “accidentally” happening twice in a row. They did honor pre-orders that were put in before the Deluxe Audio Strap page was pulled down, so I assume they’ll do the same thing time, as well.

    • koenshaku

      Doesn’t matter you can always be healthy in VR

  • SandmaN

    Looks like the MS Store link is dead…..odd.

  • Jesse Haston

    This is old news….I pre-ordered from microsoft over a week ago, and just now uploadvr is discovering this lol

    • lee whicker

      Any update on your pre order?

      • Jesse Haston

        No sir. It’s still listed as “processing” on my order page

  • JesperL

    What happend to the Microsoft Store version?

  • lee whicker

    So I have preorder from Microsoft but the product page is no longer up to validate specs. I believe that the Microsoft listing stated that it came with the extended battery. On the official tpcast site video it says it comes with a smaller 2hour version. Also have been hunting for reviews but very little out there besides swiviver. Surprised as if this is actually going to ship on the 25th no one has got a US retail version for testing. Thoughts?

  • lee whicker

    What’s up with thIs. Called ms store support to follow up on my preorder. Rep says that his info says it should arrive Friday but he has no tracking or shipping info. I paid for express shipping. There was no other info he could find. Anyone one out there got any news?

  • Martin Moss

    I’ve been chasing the Microsoft store,my pre-order was not delivered in the US. Order status today is still listed as processing. I’m not the only one. The product has been taken of the store completely. There has been no update, press release to say the item is delayed in America. So far I’m disappointed in the Microsoft store’s communication- or lack of communication.

    • Vernon Lee Whicker

      Same thing. I have called Microsoft store twice and they have no answers on when or if they have gotten the product or when it will ship. They told me last wed that it would arrive Friday and when I called back Friday they said call back in 24-48 hours. No other information was given. No resolution suggested. I paid for expidited shipping too. Get it together Microsoft. You could at least send me an email for an update or tell me it was delayed and you have not gotten a new delivery date from the vendor.

      • Martin Moss

        I paid expidited. Have called the store twice, each time I was promised an update within 24hrs, my case escalated to the highest level. Still no explanation of shipping date. Very poor customer service.

        • lee whicker

          Called as directed today. Got the same run around. Asked for supervisor and he had no answers. Made same promise that level 3 support would be contacting me today. 10pm est and no update. Microsoft can’t even tell if the have s product in stock or if the vendor didn’t deliver it to them. Let alone an estimated arrival or honest answer update on status. Last time I shop with them. Is there another place in the US I can get the tpcast? Really would like to spend my money elsewhere.

          • Martin Moss

            Only people who buy direct from China have got it I hear. One paid $380 + $27 import duty.

          • Martin Moss

            update after a 4th call to the Microsoft store. It’s out of stock. An email will come “sometime” to inform you and might have “compensation”. It was “oversold”.
            So “good service” from the Microsoft store then.

          • Vernon Lee Whicker

            I’ve still got no word from Microsoft store.

          • B.C.

            I got the same BS yesterday. I’ve been promised multiple times that I would get an update via phone call or email. That’s never happened. Only time you get an update is if you call them. Yesterday, I was told that it was oversold and might need to be canceled. Again, they told me that I would get an email which, Surprise,Surprise, hasn’t come. I think it costs more than they originally thought and now don’t want to honor the price. Their pre-order policy states that they have to sell it to you for the agreed upon price so I’m holding out for the original $299.

    • Lou Semler

      I’d be willing to bet TPCast got a really big order from Disney or Universal for a VR ride. The amusement parks would pay a pretty penny to avoid cable issues and safety liability. Poof Microsoft lost them! Or MS sold them off to them?

    • Vernon Lee Whicker

      Cancelled

    • Das Cook

      On Friday the 13th, I checked the status of the order that had been processing since September 4th and POOF! it had been magically canceled. No email notification or anything. I contacted Microsoft support. They could not explain the reason for my cancellation and recommended I re-order; The only problem was that the TPCast is no longer available on their store. They apologized profusely, but alas, I am no closer to wireless VR than I was over a month ago. Perhaps I should have checked on the 12th?

  • VR Mark

    Still waiting on a ship date.? All I’m getting is crickets. Placed a pre order when it first became available.
    Anyone with info?